Sunday, March 15, 2015

Darasa la "Hemingway in East Africa 2013" Kando ya Ziwa Babati

Mwezi Januari, 2013, nilikuwa Tanzania na wanafunzi kutoka Chuo cha St. Olaf katika kozi ya "Hemingway in East Africa."

Niliitunga kozi hii mwaka 2006, kwa ajili ya Chuo cha Colorado. Kwa miaka kadhaa, kabla ya kutunga kozi hiyo, nilisoma maandishi ya Ernest Hemingway aliyoandika kufuatia safari zake mbili Afrika Mashariki, miaka ya 1933-34 na 1953-54.

Lengo la kozi lilikuwa kuwafundisha wanafanuzi kwa kusafiri nao katika baadhi ya maeneo alimopita Hemingway, huku tukisoma maandishi yake kuhusu safari zake katika maeneo haya. Maandishi hayo ni pamoja na kitabu cha Green Hills of Africa na Under Kilimanjaro, hadithi ya "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," barua, na insha kadhaa katika magazeti.

Pichani wanaonekana wanafunzi na madereva wetu pembeni mwa Ziwa Babati. Katika Green Hills of Africa, Hemingway aliandika kuhusu Babati na Ziwa Babati:

     We left, soon after midnight, ahead of the outfit, who were to strike camp and follow in the two lorries. We stopped in Babati at the little hotel overlooking the lake and bought some more Pan-Yam pickles and had some cold beer (uk. 143).

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