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By Jennifer Wenzel

In 1856 and 1857, based on a prophet’s command, the Xhosa humans of southern Africa killed their farm animals and ceased planting vegetation; the ensuing famine expense tens of millions of lives. very like different millenarian, anticolonial movements—such because the Ghost Dance in North the United States and the Birsa Munda rebellion in India—these activities have been intended to rework the realm and release the Xhosa from oppression. regardless of the movement’s momentous failure to accomplish that target, the development has persisted to exert a robust pull at the South African mind's eye ever on account that. it really is those afterlives of the prophecy that Jennifer Wenzel explores in Bulletproof.

Wenzel examines literary and old texts to teach how writers have manipulated photos and ideas linked to the farm animals killing—harvest, sacrifice, rebirth, devastation—to converse to their modern predicaments. Widening her lens, Wenzel additionally seems to be at how prior failure can either encourage and constrain hobbies for justice within the current, and her impressive insights into the cultural implications of prophecy will fascinate readers throughout a wide selection of disciplines.

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