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An Ounce of Practice


Set between London and Harare in the present day, the novel follows a group of quasi-revolutionaries who are fighting against Mugabe’s dictatorship and in favour of Socialist policies. It is a novel about hope, fear and failure.

An Ounce of Practice paints a compelling picture of the desperate world of migrants and émigrés drawn to the flickering flame of revolt despite the tsunami of neoliberalism. Leo Zeilig has delved deep, with a cold eye and a warm wit into the passions and motivations of his cast of committed but troubled characters.” —Colin Fancy, author, Crocodiles Don’t Brush Their Teeth

An Ounce of Practice tells a gripping and affective tale of global radical politics, love, and life in the virtual realm of the Internet . . . [P]olitically and emotionally intelligent, authentic, intensely complex, and humane. With this vivid work Leo Zeilig has placed himself firmly as a momentous writer of the predicament of radical politics and imagination in today’s world.” —Heike Becker, University of the Western Cape, Anthropology

“Leo Zeilig reveals the full complexity, beauty, richness and contradictions of a life of political commitment, internationalism and struggle. Karl Marx once wrote to a comrade that we must engage in’“ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just as little afraid of conflict with the powers that be.’ Despite heartache, failings and other all-too-human qualities, Zeilig’s characters embody that spirit and determination.” —Anthony Arnove, author, Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal

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