Tsitsi Dangarembga, filmmaker and award winning author of Nervous Conditions as well as books This Mournable Body and The Book of Not, was arrested and now released on bail after participating in government anti-corruption protests, having been charged with incitement and not adhering to coronavirus regulations in the country of Zimbabwe.
Her book, This Mournable Body, is in the running for The Booker Prize, a prize awarded to the best original novel written in English language while also being published in the UK.
“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.” – Amazon
Tsitsi Dangarembga continues to fight the fight against corruption of the Zimbabwe government on twitter, making her voice heard loud and clear, and is due back in court in September.
Her book, Nervous Conditions, is the winner of the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.