I remember reading Dangarembga for the first time back in the 1990s after picking up a copy of Nervous Conditions. Indeed, if I recall correctly, she may well have been the first writer that I had read from Zimbabwe.
Aside from the wonderful writing then, I have to thank Dangarembga for introducing me to the likes of Chenjerai Hove, Charles Mungoshi, and somebody whose writing has stayed with me from the very first line that I read of his – Dambudzo Marechera.
I’m not sure I have it in me to patiently wait for this novel to find its release date!
From the publisher’s website:
“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. This homecoming, in Dangarembga’s tense and psychologically charged novel, culminates in an act of betrayal, revealing just how toxic the combination of colonialism and capitalism can be.”
The release date is 7 August, 2018…