After 30 years of oppression, the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe came to an end in 2017. Since then, Zimbabwe is experiencing a political change and is like almost no other African country at the moment “in transition”. Having this in mind, we invited two star authors to speak about literature confronting colonialism and capitalism as well as upheavals in global policy right up to gender roles.
Both authors go a long way back since it was Ilija Trojanow who translated her world famous debut “Nervous Condition” into German. Tsitsi Dangarembga became known worldwide when the book was first published (Ayebia Clarke Publishing 2004, „Der Preis der Freiheit“, Reinbeck 1991) in 1988. Dangarembga, then only 25 years of age, became the first black woman to ever publish a book in Zimbabwe.
As part of an initiative by Kenyan intellectual Ali Mazrui and the Zimbabwe International Book Fair, the novel was chosen by a panel of experts as one of the „100 Best African Books of the 20th Century“ in 2002. It was also included in the list of “100 Stories That Shaped the World” by the BBC earlier this year.
Nervous Conditions is the first part of a trilogy followed by The Book of Not (Ayebia Clarke Publishing 2006) and the recently published This Mournable Body (Graywolf Press 2018), which all accompany the protagonist Tambudzai through different stages of her life.
Join us: Friday 12th October 2018, 10:00 am
Writing in Transition – African literature on the move
60327 Frankfurt am Main