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Zimbabwean Literature

This is a list of the Zimbabwean Literature that I have in my possession. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all Zimbabwean Writers.

Brian Chikwava

Writing the Story of Zimbabwe (article available online)

Dancing to the Jazz Goblin and his Rhythm (Short Story available online)

Rigor Mortis of the Tongue and other earthly things (Short Story available online)

Free Speech in Zimbabwe: Story of a blue-stomached lizard (Article available online)

Blasting the Poet: Reflections on Dambudzo Marechera (Article available online)

Moto (Article available online)

Reflections on the context of Chikwava’s novel Harare North (Article available online)

Interview (2009) in African Writing available online

Interview (2009) in The Scotsman available online

Interview (2009) in Pambazuka available online

Shimmer Chinodya

Harvest of Thorns (Novel)

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Nervous  Conditions (Novel)

The Book of Not (Novel)

Trapped and Troping: Allegories of the Transnational Intellectual in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s “Nervous Conditions” by Biman Basu (essay available online)

Petina Gappah

An Elegy for Easterly (Short Stories)

The Website of Petina Gappah

Chenjerai Hove

Bones (Novel)

Shebeen Tales (Memoir)

The Sacrifice (Short Story available online)

A Letter to My Mother (Letter available online)

Interview with Africultures available online

A journey without maps” (Article available online)

Dambudzo Marechera

The House of Hunger (Novella and Short Stories)

Nigerian Writer Helon Habila’s article “On Dambudzo Marechera: The Life and Times of an African Writer” available online

Blasting the Poet: Reflections on Dambudzo Marechera by B. Chikwava (Article available online)

Interview with Professor Memory Chirere about Dambudzo Marechera available online at

J. Nozipo Maraire

ZenZele: A Letter for My Daughter (Novel)

Article about Writer and Neurosurgeon J. Nozipo Maraire in Yale Medicine

Christopher Mlalazi

Dearest Sender of the Bulldozers (Short Story available online)

The River of Life (Short Story available online)

King of Bums (Short Story available online)

Interview (2008) available online

Audio Interview (2005) available online

Dickson A. Mungazi

The Cross Between Rhodesia and Zimbabwe: Racial Conflict in Rhodesia 1962-1979 (History)

Charles Mungoshi

Waiting for the Rain (Novel)

The Setting Sun and the Rolling World (Selected Short Stories)

Interview with the Nordic Africa Institute available online

Charles Mungoshi’s Waiting for the Rain by Florence Stratton (book review available online)

Bishop Abel T. Muzorewa

Rise up and Walk (Autobiography)

Obituary in the Guardian available online

Profile available online

Bishop A. T. Muzorewa Evangelism Foundation (BATMEF) Website

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Can Women’s Voices be recovered from the Past? Grappling with the Absence of Women Voices in Pre-Colonial History of Zimbabwe (Essay available online)

Who Ruled by the Spear? Rethinking the Form of Governance in the Ndebele State (Essay available online)

Reaping the Bitter Fruits of Stalinist Tendencies in Zimbabwe (Essay available online)

Giving Africa Voice within Global Governance: Oral History, Human Rights and the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (Essay available online)

Nativism and the Debate on African Public Sphere in Postcolonial Africa: Reflections on a Problematic ‘Reverse-Discourse’ (Essay available online)

Africa for Africans or Africa for “Natives” Only? New Nationalism and Nativism in Zimbabwe and South Africa (Essay available online)

Africa at 50, Zimbabwe at 30, and South Africa at 16 (Article available online)

Profile available online

Profile from the South African Institute on International Affairs available online

Irene Sabatini

The Boy Next Door (Novel) Reading Group Guide available online

Origins of The Boy Next Door (Article available online)

Video Interview (2009) available online

Interview (2010) with Belinda Otas available online

Video Interview (2011) available online

Stanlake Samkange

Year of the Uprising (Novel)

Obituary in the New York Times available online

Farai Sevenzo

On Revolutions and Resolutions (Article available online)

Colonel’s Continent (Article available online)

Flirting with Fiction (Article available online)

The Death of a Zimbabwean Activist (Article available online)

Day of Drama in Harare (Article available online)

Seveno’s Diary at FESTACO (Articles available online)

BBC Network Africa Presenter Profile available online

Lutanga Shaba

Secrets of a Woman’s Soul (Novel) Website for the Novel

Article about Lutanga Shaba on

Ndabaningi Sithole

The  Polygamist (Novel)

Valerie Tagwira

The Uncertainty of Hope (Novel) Excerpt available online

Mainini Grace’s Promises (Short Story available online)

A Walk in the Night (Short Story available online)

Interview (2010) available online

Interview (2009) available online

Interview (2009) with World Press Review available online

Interview (2007) available online

Interview (2007) with BBC Africa Beyond available online

Pragmatic Morality in Valerie Tagwira’s ‘The Uncertainty of Hope’: A Book Café Discussion with available online

Valerie Tagwira’s Blog

Lawrence Vambe

From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe (Memoir)

Interview (2007) available online

Yvonne Vera

Yvonne Vera

Nehanda (Novel)

Without a Name and Under the Tongue  (Novellas)

Butterfly Burning  (Novel)  Excerpt from the novel available online at Barcelona Review

The Stone Virgins (Novel)

Not a scintilla of light: Darkness and despondency in Yvonne Vera’s Butterfly Burning by Chioma Opara (essay available online)

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