Petina Gappah - Author

About the Author

Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe. Her debut collection, An Elegy for Easterly, won the Guardian First Book Prize in 2009.

Featured books by Petina Gappah

The Book of Memory

The Book of Memory

Author: Petina Gappah Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2015

The story you have asked me to tell begins not with the ignominious ugliness of Lloyd's death but on a long-ago day in April when the sun seared my blistered face and I was nine years old and my father and mother sold me to a strange man. I say my father and my mother, but really it was just my mother. Memory, the narrator of The Book of Memory , is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been convicted of murder. As part of her appeal her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it. The death penalty is a mandatory sentence for murder, and Memory is, both literally and metaphorically, writing for her life. As her story unfolds, Memory reveals that she has been tried and convicted for the murder of Lloyd Hendricks, her adopted father. But who was Lloyd Hendricks? Why does Memory feel no remorse for his death? And did everything happen exactly as she remembers? Moving between the townships of the poor and the suburbs of the rich, and between the past and the present, Memory weaves a compelling tale of love, obsession, the relentlessness of fate and the treachery of memory.

Other books by Petina Gappah

Die Schuldigen von Rotten Row

Die Schuldigen von Rotten Row

Author: Petina Gappah Format: eBook Release Date: 10/11/2017

Nach ihrem Roman "e;Die Farben des Nachtfalters"e; legt Petina Gappah in diesen 20 Erzahlungen ein schillerndes Portrat ihrer Heimat Simbabwes vor und wirft mit bestechendem Humor universelle Fragen zu Recht und Unrecht auf. "e;Rotten Row"e; ist eine ebenso beruhmte wie geschichtstrachtige Strae in Harare, Hauptstadt Simbabwes, die einmal Salisbury hie, als Simbabwe noch die britische Kronkolonie Rhodesien war. Unter anderem befindet sich hier der Strafgerichtshof, sprudelnder Inspirationsquell fur Petina Gappah, die in diesen miteinander verknupften Stories ein Kaleidoskop menschlicher Vergehen schafft. Harares beruhmt-beruchtigte Sammeltaxifahrer tauchen dabei ebenso auf wie Marktfrauen, Friseurinnen, korrupte Polizisten, gerissene Anwalte, redselige Richter und viele weitere unvergessliche Figuren.

Rotten Row

Rotten Row

Author: Petina Gappah Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2017

It is just after nine o'clock in the morning. Gidza will die in exactly forty-three minutes and thirteen seconds. 'Rotten Row' is the Criminal Division of Harare, and the courts and the unfortunates who pass through them are the subjects of this mesmerising collection of stories. In these portraits of lives aching for meaning and redemption, Petina Gappah crosses the barriers of class, race, gender and sexual politics in contemporary Zimbabwe, to explore the causes and effects of crime and the nature of justice.

Rotten Row

Rotten Row

Author: Petina Gappah Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2016

In her accomplished new story collection, Petina Gappah crosses the barriers of class, race, gender and sexual politics in Zimbabwe to explore the causes and effects of crime, and to meditate on the nature of justice. Rotten Row represents a leap in artistry and achievement from the award-winning author of An Elegy for Easterly and The Book of Memory. With compassion and humour, Petina Gappah paints portraits of lives aching for meaning to produce a moving and universal tableau.

Die Farben des Nachtfalters

Die Farben des Nachtfalters

Author: Petina Gappah Format: eBook Release Date: 26/08/2016

Sie heit Memory und sitzt in einer Todeszelle in Simbabwes beruchtigtem Gefangnis Chikurubi. Fur eine amerikanische Reporterin, die sich fur ihren Fall interessiert, schreibt Memory ihre Geschichte auf. Es ist ein Schreiben um Leben und Tod. Memory ist eine weie Schwarze, eine Albino, die bis zu ihrem 9. Lebensjahr in einer Township aufwuchs. Dann, so glaubt sie, wurde sie von ihren Eltern an den reichen weien Grogrundbesitzer Lloyd Hendricks verkauft. Er kummerte sich liebevoll um sie und ermoglichte ihr eine erstklassige internationale Ausbildung. Jetzt ist er tot und Memory des Mordes an ihm angeklagt. Wer war Lloyd Hendricks wirklich? Kann Memory ihren Erinnerungen trauen? Petina Gappah erzahlt diesen faszinierenden, vor dem Hintergrund der Geschichte Simbabwes spielenden Roman fesselnd wie einen Krimi und verleiht ihrer Heldin eine unvergessliche literarische Stimme.

The Book of Memory

The Book of Memory

Author: Petina Gappah Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Moving between the vibrant townships of the poor and the suburbs and country retreats of the rich, The Book of Memory is a compelling, contemporary tale of love, obsession and the cruelty of fate. Memory is an albino woman, languisihing in prison in Harare, Zimbabwe. At nine years old she was adopted by a wealthy man -- a man whose murder she is now convicted of. Facing the death penalty, she tells the story os the chain of events that brought her there. But is everything exactly as she remembers it?

The Book of Memory

The Book of Memory

Author: Petina Gappah Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/05/2016

Memory, the narrator of The Book of Memory, is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been convicted of murder. As part of her appeal her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it. As her story unfolds, Memory reveals that she has been convicted for the murder of her adopted father. But did everything happen exactly as she remembers?

The Book of Memory

The Book of Memory

Author: Petina Gappah Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2015

The story you have asked me to tell begins not with the ignominious ugliness of Lloyd's death but on a long-ago day in April when the sun seared my blistered face and I was nine years old and my father and mother sold me to a strange man. I say my father and my mother, but really it was just my mother. Memory, the narrator of The Book of Memory , is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been convicted of murder. As part of her appeal her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it. The death penalty is a mandatory sentence for murder, and Memory is, both literally and metaphorically, writing for her life. As her story unfolds, Memory reveals that she has been tried and convicted for the murder of Lloyd Hendricks, her adopted father. But who was Lloyd Hendricks? Why does Memory feel no remorse for his death? And did everything happen exactly as she remembers? Moving between the townships of the poor and the suburbs of the rich, and between the past and the present, Memory weaves a compelling tale of love, obsession, the relentlessness of fate and the treachery of memory.

An Elegy for Easterly

An Elegy for Easterly

Author: Petina Gappah Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/12/2009

Winner of the Guardian First Book Award, and shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award, this is an unforgettable collection of powerful stories by a stunning young voice from Zimbabwe. A woman in a township is surrounded by dusty children but longs for a baby of her own; an old man finds that his job making coffins at No Matter Funeral Parlour brings unexpected riches; a politician's widow stands quietly by at her husband's funeral as his colleagues bury an empty casket. Petina Gappah's characters may have ordinary hopes and dreams, but they are living in a world where a loaf of bread costs half a million dollars - a country expected to have only four presidents in a hundred years. In this spirited debut, Gappah evokes the resilience and inventiveness of the people who struggle to live under Robert Mugabe's regime whilst also battling issues common to all people everywhere: failed promises, unfulfilled dreams, and the yearning for something to anchor them to life.

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