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Die Krallen des Löwen: Meine Zeit mit einem Afrikanischen Krieger Alexandra Fuller

Die Krallen des Löwen: Meine Zeit mit einem Afrikanischen Krieger

Alexandra Fuller

Published
ISBN : 9783442466740
285 pages
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Thomas Wolfes trusted axiom about not being able to go home again gets a compelling spin through the African veldt in Alexandra Fullers Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier. Fuller (Dont Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight : An AfricanMoreThomas Wolfes trusted axiom about not being able to go home again gets a compelling spin through the African veldt in Alexandra Fullers Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier. Fuller (Dont Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight : An African Childhood) journeys through modern Zambia, to battlefields in Zimbabwe and Mozambique with the scarred veteran of the Rhodesian Wars she identifies only as K. Intrigued by the mysterious neighbor of her parents Zambian fish farm and further enticed by her fathers warning that curiosity scribbled the cat (scribbling is Afrikaans slang for killing), Fuller embarks on a journey that covers as much cratered psychic landscape as it does African bush country. Though she and K are both African by family roots rather than blood, she quickly discovers that 30 years of civil war have scarred them--and the indigenous peoples they encounter--in markedly different ways. K is a figure of monumental tragedy, a decent man torn by war-fueled rage, a failed marriage, and painful memories of an only son lost to tropical disease. His adopted Christianity offers him only partial absolution, and Fuller details his gut-wrenching confessions of quarter-century old atrocities with compassion and rare insight. Her prose liberally salted with a rich, melange of Afrikaans and local Shona slang, Fuller nonetheless struggles with a narrative whose turns are often unexpected, yet driven by humanity. Theres a clear sense that the authors fitful journey into the past with K has opened as many wounds as it has healed, and spawned more questions than it has answered. Its that discomfort and frustration that often reinforces the honesty of her prose--and reinforces Thomas Wolfes adage yet again. --Jerry McCulley