Vortex of Violence: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Peter Godwin’s The Fear

  • Muchativugwa Liberty Hove


Peter Godwin s The Fear: The Last Days of Robert Mugabe is the last in a trilogy that narrates the autobiography and memoirs of Godwin and his vexed connections to an imploding home, Zimbabwe. Of the three (Mukiwa and When a Crocodile Eats the Sun), The Fear displays a deterministic iconography that characterises alarmist rhetoric. It hinders the envisioning of an alternative future through a narrative nexus that highlights an apocalyptic imaginary. Godwin s narrative nexus highlights the nation s vulnerability in its catalogue of amputation and castration. Constructing a discourse of fear, as embodied in the title, and hinting at an apocalyptic Armageddon in the subtitle, The Fear displays a particular conglomeration of narrative strategies that stoke alarms and dystopic representations of the beast, Robert Mugabe, as architect of the demise of the Zimbabwean nation.


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