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Tsitsi Dangarembga - Author

About the Author

Tsitsi Dangarembga is the author of two previous novels, including Nervous Conditions, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. She is also a filmmaker, playwright, and the director of the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa Trust. She lives in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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This Mournable Body

This Mournable Body

Author: Tsitsi Dangarembga Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/01/2020

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE 'MAGNIFICENT.' Guardian 'A MASTERPIECE.' New York Times 'MARVELLOUS.' Sara Collins 'BRILLIANT.' Madeleine Thien 'HYPNOTIC.' Daily Telegraph 'SEARING.' Sefi Atta 'A MAVERICK VOICE.' A Igoni Barrett 'A MUST READ.' Helon Habila 'SUBTLE AND INTELLIGENT.' TLS 'A MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT.' Literary Review Here we meet Tambudzai, living in a run-down youth hostel in downtown Harare and anxious about her prospects after leaving a stagnant job. At every turn in her attempt to make a life for herself, she is faced with a fresh humiliation, until the painful contrast between the future she imagined and her daily reality ultimately drives her to a breaking point. In this tense and psychologically charged novel, Tsitsi Dangarembga channels the hope and potential of one young girl and a fledgling nation to lead us on a journey to discover where lives go after hope has departed.

This Mournable Body

This Mournable Body

Author: Tsitsi Dangarembga Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2018

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE A searing novel about the obstacles facing women in Zimbabwe, by one of the country's most notable authors Anxious about her prospects after leaving a stagnant job, Tambudzai finds herself living in a run-down youth hostel in downtown Harare. For reasons that include her grim financial prospects and her age, she moves to a widow's boarding house and eventually finds work as a biology teacher. But at every turn in her attempt to make a life for herself, she is faced with a fresh humiliation, until the painful contrast between the future she imagined and her daily reality ultimately drives her to a breaking point. In This Mournable Body, Tsitsi Dangarembga returns to the protagonist of her acclaimed first novel, Nervous Conditions, to examine how the hope and potential of a young girl and a fledgling nation can sour over time and become a bitter and floundering struggle for survival. As a last resort, Tambudzai takes an ecotourism job that forces her to return to her parents' impoverished homestead. It is this homecoming, in Dangarembga's tense and psychologically charged novel, that culminates in an act of betrayal, revealing just how toxic the combination of colonialism and capitalism can be.

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