Reincarnating Marechera

Notes on a Speculative Archive

Tinashe Mushakavanhu



Dambudzo Marechera’s death on August 18, 1987 is an event that remains unremarked. In Reincarnating Marechera: Notes On a Speculative Archive, Mushakavanhu interprets this event as a moment of radical praxis in the Zimbabwean imaginary, mining three overlapping archives—Marechera’s own writings, his historical and theoretical legacy, and an imaginative archive that responds creatively to gaps in the first two. Here, Mushakavanhu also explores the affective relationship between a critic and his object of study, grappling with the transit between the historical archive and the critical present. In doing so, through text and visuals, the book is a revelation of countless ruptures and of the inexhaustibility of documenting a mercurial subject like Marechera.


Fascinating, inspiring, and provocative, Reincarnating Marechera: Notes on a Speculative Archive delivers a complex look at Zimbabwe’s most complex literary figure. - Stephen Scott Whitaker, The Broadkill Review


Tinashe Mushakavanhu is a writer and editor from Zimbabwe. He has degrees from English, Welsh and Zimbabwean universities.