Nervous Conditions, the first novel by a black Zimbabwean woman in English is an engaging and elegant book about what it means to belong to more than one culture. The simple but engaging story is told by a young woman named Tambudzai.
Chinodya’s book, which won the Best Book category for the 1990 Commonwealth Writers Regional Prize, is a story about Zimbabwe’s transition from white domination to independence. The novel vividly portrays the liberation war’s effects on individuals and the scars left behind.
Julius Chingono was the son of a farm worker, and spent much of his life as a blaster on the mines in his native Zimbabwe, before a late blooming as a rather fine author. Not Another Day is a collection of his poems and short stories, and is an excellent introduction to his work.
In her quest to decipher a pattern in the madness of Zimbabwe’s autocratic leader, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, author Heidi Holland, who has written extensively on the mother continent, speaks to a large number of people who’ve been close to the Zimbabwean President.
Peter Godwin says Zimbabwe lacks two of the exports the world is interested in: oil and terrorism.
It is no wonder then that the world leisurely goes about its business as Robert Mugabe and his goons visit untold misery on the defenceless citizenry.
The world did the same in 1994 as Rwanda burned and brothers turned against their own kith and kin because of the physiological accident that made one taller than the other, one Hutu and the other Tutsi. Just as the corpses from the Rwandese genocide stand as an albatross around our necks 16 years later, the victims of Zimbabwe will not let us off with clear consciences.