Our 5 favorite books released in 2018
Gather the Children by Batsirai Chigama
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Gather the Children by Batsirai Chigama

This selection of poetry is about the slipperiness of truth and the weight of forgetting. A reflection of Zimbabwe in the last decade; chronicling stories of displacement, loss, and desperation.

About the Author

Batsirai E Chigama is a spoken word poet, a short story writer, and a socio-political gender activist. Gather The Children, her first collection of poems is ‘a reflection on Zimbabwe in the last ten years; chronicling stories of displacement, loss, and desperation.’ Batista’s work has been featured in over fifteen anthologies including State of The Nation, (Conversation Paper Press, 2009) and War Against War, (Mensa Press, 2010). In 2014, Batsirai came second in the Stanza Poetry Festival Digital Slam ahead of eight other contestants shortlisted from all over the world. Batsirai is passionate about providing alternative narratives to those featured in mainstream media and her work with young people has taken her as far as Denmark, performing and facilitating creative writing and spoken word workshops in schools.

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House of Stone By Novuyo Tshuma
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House of Stone By Novuyo Tshuma

In the chronic turmoil of modern Zimbabwe, Abednego and Agnes Mlambo’s teenage son, Bukhosi, has gone missing, and the Mlambos fear the worst. Their enigmatic lodger, Zamani, seems to be their last, best hope for finding him. Since Bukhosi’s disappearance, Zamani has been preternaturally helpful: hanging missing posters in downtown Bulawayo, handing out fliers to passersby, and joining in family prayer vigils with the flamboyant Reverend Pastor from Agnes’s Blessed Anointings church. It’s almost like Zamani is part of the family…

But almost isn’t nearly enough for Zamani. He ingratiates himself with Agnes and feeds alcoholic Abednego’s addiction, desperate to extract their life stories and steep himself in borrowed family history, as keenly aware as any colonialist or power-mad despot that the one who controls the narrative inherits the future. As Abednego wrestles with the ghosts of his past and Agnes seeks solace in a deep-rooted love, their histories converge, and each must confront the past to find their place in a new Zimbabwe.

Pulsing with wit, seduction, and dark humor, House of Stone is a sweeping epic that spans the fall of Rhodesia through Zimbabwe’s turbulent beginnings, exploring the persistence of the oppressed in a young nation seeking an identity, but built on forgetting.

About the Author

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma grew up in Zimbabwe and has lived in South Africa and the USA. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2015), where she was awarded the Maytag and Teaching-Writing Fellowships, as well as a Rydson Award. She served as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Iowa in 2015-2016, was a 2016 Writer-in-Residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and is a recipient of a prestigious 2017 Bellagio Center Literary Arts Residency Award from the Rockefeller Foundation for her novel House of Stone (Atlantic Books, UK June 2018; W. W. Norton, USA January 2019). Novuyo earned her BComm in Economics and Finance from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

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The Rise of The Vaesons By PJ Odendaal
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The Rise of The Vaesons By PJ Odendaal

An ancient magic. An evil older than time. A desperate race.

Annie Williams must enter The Continent that has been void of human contact for centuries, to find a life sustaining tree. This harsh continent is protected by the Vaesons who are bound by code never to allow mankind to lay foot n its shores again. Annie has no choice but to go there as the very survival of the human race depends on her courage and the diversity of the characters that are allied with her.

Africa remembers…. But will it ever forgive us when all life depends on her? The darkest heart is that of a human. Within The Continent lies a force that craves the lost heart of humanity. The evil may still open a way for Annie to find her tree, but just because she can find it does not mean that she will be allowed to leave.

Rise of the Vaesons is an exciting adventure guaranteed to appeal to lovers of Fantasy fiction. A modern tale of courage and bravery.

 

About the Author

P.J Odendaal was born in 1986 and grew up in Zimbabwe. He is the father of two boys. He comes from farming stock and currently lives in Shamva with his family. His love of nature and the bush have been the inspiration behind his books, which show his deep commitment to and love for his family, his friends and the rural areas of Zimbabwe.

 

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Zimbolicious: An Anthology Of Zimbabwean Literature And Arts Vol 3
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Zimbolicious: An Anthology Of Zimbabwean Literature And Arts Vol 3 Edited by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka

Zimbolicious Anthology: An Anthology of Zimbabwean Literature and Arts, Volume 3, contains 5 short stories, 51 poems, 1 nonfiction piece and 3 drawings from Zimbabwean writers and artists. Zimbabwe continues to tumble on its unshakable political trajectory since Robert Mugabe was removed as president via a military coup. Much of the writing in this anthology addresses both the current political situation, and the hope of the Zimbabweans for a free and fair election in 2018. Within the pieces a lot of questions, anger, mistrust remain, alongside uncertainties around the enigmatic political landscape of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwean people. Despite this the writers have a lot to celebrate and also touch on issues to do with love, morality, spirituality, tradition, relationships, family, identity, individuality and joy.

About the Author

Tendai Rinos Mwanaka is a publisher, editor, mentor, thinker, literary artist, visual artist and musical artist with over 20 books published. He writes in English and Shona. His work has appeared in over 400 journals and anthologies from over 27 countries, translated into Spanish, French and German.

 

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This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga
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This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga

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.

About the Author

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

 

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