When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir.

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When a Crocodile eats the Sun

A Memoir

By Peter Godwin

[pounds sterling]16.99 Picador

ISBN 0-330-43369-5


This is the story of the disintegration of a family, set against the collapse of a country--a sequel of sorts to Peter Godwin's bestselling memoir, Mukiwa.

Godwin, an award-winning writer, is on assignment in Zululand when he is summoned by his mother to Zimbabwe, his birthplace. His father is seriously ill; she fears he is dying. Godwin finds his country, once a postcolonial success story, descending into a vortex of violence and racial hatred.

His father recovers, but over the next few years, Godwin travels regularly between his family life in Manhattan and the increasing chaos of Zimbabwe, where inflation runs so fast that the currency cannot keep up; where land seizures have made famine a real prospect; and where his parents are refusing to...

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