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Blake Morrison: ‘This Mournable Body’, 7 May 2020

This Mournable Body 
by Tsitsi Dangarembga.
Faber, 384 pp., £14.99, January, 978 0 571 35551 8
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... story of feminist solidarity, forget it. This is no portrait of the happy African, a cliché Tsitsi Dangarembga wishes to retire: ‘If someone smiles at you it does not mean they’re happy. It just means “I think that if I smile I might get out of this alive!”’ Tambu is a complex figure with a talent for self-destructive behaviour, a woman ...

Serious Battle and Slay

Kevin Okoth: ‘Glory’, 18 August 2022

by NoViolet Bulawayo.
Chatto, 416 pp., £18.99, April, 978 1 78474 429 8
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... is destined to remain exactly where it started, online.In July 2020, the Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga was arrested by Mnangagwa’s security forces after attending anti-government protests. Both she and the journalist Julie Barnes, who carried placards calling for political reform and the release of imprisoned journalists, were charged ...

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