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Posted on August 13 2021

"The project began over a decade ago after I came across a book of powerful photographs, Century: One Hundred Years of Human Progress, Regression, Suffering and Hope, edited by the British writer and photographer Bruce Bernard. Century cast an eye on what Bernard described as, “the most thoughtless, but  in other ways the most thoughtful, hundred years in human history... offering nothing to provide us with any firm grounds for either bright hope or black despair.” As I (wrote this book), the photographs in Century had infiltrated my subconscious so greatly that I found myself collecting and sketching ideas from factual events from the 1900s – but unlike the broad retrospect of Bernard’s photographic compendium – I was more interested in stories off the mainstream historical path, of lesser known events."

Togara Muzanenhamo was born in Zambia and brought up in Zimbabwe. He has studied in France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. His poems have appeared widely in international journals and magazines. His debut poetry collection Spirit Brides (Carcanet, 2006) was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and his second book Gumiguru (Carcanet, 2014) was shortlisted for the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry.

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