She was the first black woman in Zimbabwe to have a book published in English and, in doing so, Tsitsi Dangarembga became one of the late 20th century’s key literary voices. Her latest novel “This Mournable Body” completes the trilogy she started in 1988, tracing the journey of a young girl in post-colonial Rhodesia to womanhood in 21st century Zimbabwe. Applauded by critics worldwide, this latest novel is a powerful study of the struggle to survive in an unforgiving society and the scars – both psychological and physical – of decades of conflict and oppression.
Tsitsi joins us to discuss her exploration of a nation’s emotional baggage, and how her personal convictions saw her arrested in Harare earlier this year.
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