<p><b>In this dark and deeply radical novel, Dambudzo Marechera offers a visceral account of a photojournalist's entanglement with a terrorist organisation.</b></p><p>Against the backdrop of a military-fascist government, the Black Sunlight members are the only ones fighting for change and justice. Comprised of a group of violent anarchists, their movement throws the country into chaos with little regard for casualties.</p><p>Throughout it all, photojournalist Christian is witnessing revolution through the lens of his camera.</p><p>Christian's life so far has been one of immense struggle and alienation. So when he becomes tangled in the Black Sunlight uprising, Christian is determined to remain a bystander and nothing more; to capture their actions without praise or condemnation.</p><p>In evocative flashes of sex, violence, war, and myth, Christian's story explodes in a labyrinthine plot, told through a chaotic stream-of-consciousness that mirrors the nation's crumbling climate.</p><p><i>Black Sunlight</i> is a piercing insight into the darkness of the human psyche and a raw examination of a nation in battle against itself – where everything political turns deeply personal.</p><p>'Complex, challenging – and uniquely potent.' <b><i>Guardian</i></b> <br />'A writer in constant quest for his real self.' <b>Wole Soyinka.</b> <br />'One of Zimbabwe's finest and most controversial writers.' <b><i>Herald</i></b> <br />'He reinvigorates the language.' <b>China Miéville</b></p>
<p>In this dark and deeply radical novel, Dambudzo Marechera offers an account of a photojournalist's entanglement with a terrorist organisation.</p>
'Complex, challenging – and uniquely potent'
'A writer in constant quest for his real self'
'One of Zimbabwe's finest and most controversial writers'
'He reinvigorates the language'
'I love Marechera. I love his sense of the moment and sense of words. His crystalline vision and his boldness'
<p>First published in 1980. <i>Black Sunlight</i> is set during a revolutionary period within an unspecified country. It was written during the Zimbabwe War of independence and published the same year Zimbabwe achieved independence.</p>
<p>Marechera was a trailblazing writer in his time, pioneering experimental forms of literature and thought. He has been celebrated by the eminent Wole Soyinka as, 'A writer in constant quest for his real self.'</p>
<p>For rejecting the notion of an inherent, singular African indentity, <i>Black Sunlight</i> was banned in newly independent Zimbabwe on charges of 'Euromodernism'.</p>
<p>MARKET: James Joyce; Wole Soyinka; Charles Mungoshi.</p>