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Title:'Contemptus mundi' and 'carpe diem' motifs in Kezilahabi's works
Author:Wamitila, Kyallo WadiISNI
Year:1997
Periodical:Kiswahili (ISSN 0856-048X)
Volume:60
Pages:15-24
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
world
Subjects:literature
Swahili literature
About person:Euphrase KezilahabiISNI
Abstract:'Contempus mundi' is a Latin expression for 'contemptible world', 'carpe diem' for 'seize the day'. These two motifs are explored in the works of the Swahili writer E. Kezilahabi (Tanzania), particularly in his novels 'Rosa Mistika' (1971), 'Kichwamaji' (1971), 'Gamba la Nyoka' (1979), and 'Dunia Uwanja wa Fujo' (1981), and his recent cryptic novellas, 'Nagona' (1990) and 'Mzingile' (1991). The 'contempus mundi' motif is the more overriding. Premised on existentialism, it runs through all Kezilahabi's works, from 'Rosa Mistika' to 'Mzingile'. Bibliogr., ref. (An extensively revised version of this article appears in: Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere, No. 55 (1998), p. 79-91.)
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