Author of the Month

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Tsitsi Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean writer who has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2020 (This Mournable Body) and her debut, Nervous Conditions, was the first book to be published in English by a Zimbabwean black woman. Her novels follow the lives of young women running parallel to a decolonising nation. In an explanation of This Mournable Body she writes, ‘My thesis was that a nation is made up of people, thus a nation can be no healthier than its people.’ Understanding the fate of the nation comes from representing all those who could be responsible for its direction. Women are recognised in her work as key components of Zimbabwe’s identity and future yet often remain thwarted by ideologies that fail to pay them attention.

Her newest work is her nonfiction debut and explores decolonisation, the power of writing, and the history of Zimbabwe.

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v42/n09/blake-morrison/you-and-non-you

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/15/books/tsitsi-dangarembga-this-mournable-body.html

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/03/black-and-female-by-tsitsi-dangarembga-review-a-study-in-the-power-of-words