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Praise as renowned author David Mungoshi launches new book

03/08/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter

RENOWNED author David Mungoshi Wednesday launched his new book, titled “Live like an artist”.

The book, his fourth in a career spanning decades, is a collection of English poems penned by the author over years.

It is an eclectic mix of Mungoshi’s thoughts, experiences throughout his 63 years of life and is a gamut of emotions he seeks to evoke in the reader.

In the book, published by Bhabhu Books, readers find a collection of 100 philosophical poems about death, adventure, love and comedy.

“In all the cases, I try to leave the reader with a few thoughts,” said the Bulawayo born artist during a brief launch ceremony at the National Arts Gallery in Harare.

“I have titled it ‘Live like an artist’ because my philosophy is that if everyone could be as patient as artists are most of the problems of the world would disappear.”

Living like artists ... Mungoshi with wife Emma

Mungoshi, who comes from a dynasty of artists who include legendary author, Charles Mungoshi, said this was because the local creative world was generally less rewarding in terms of financial gain but still remained hopeful of reaping someday.

The launch, held on the side lines of the Book Fair, was attended by a handful notables in the arts industry, among them authors David Chifunyise, Tsitsi Dangarembwa, film maker Rumbidzai Katedza and poet Chirikure Chirikure.

Mungoshi received praise from fellow artists.

“The poems are very historical. He is showing that he is capturing life and using a medium that is very difficult to be a story teller.

“We narrative story tellers have an easy job but for him to be a story teller using poetry is really a big achievement,” Chifunyise said, adding that poetry is traditionally the best method of capturing knowledge and history by locals and these include totemic praises.

“He has been able to use English and maintain an idiomatic expression that tells us that he understands his people, his identity and his history and that’s why we must enjoy the book,” Chifunyise said.

Katedza also said the poems were “amazing”.

“David Mungoshi is very clear about the direction of the kind of poetry that he wants to write.


“It’s amazing how he manages to capture imaginations through word and be able to inspire through the relevance and the content of his work,” Katedza said.

Memory Chirere, another renowned author who attended the ceremony, described the book as balanced.

“This is a very balanced book in that these are poems in my view that were written over a long period of time.

“Each poem tells a story,” said Chirere, who is the one who selected the published 100 poems from over 200 the author has written in years.

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