Noviolet Bulawayo looks as if she is preparing to attend a funeral. In a black dress and jacket and wearing a grave expression, she strides along the pool outside a Rosebank B&B to meet me on the veranda.
Her demeanour matches the bleak heaviness that pervades her first novel, We Need New Names, which deals with Zimbabwe in a state of “falling apart” and the pains and struggles of living in exile in the US. To say it has been well-received is an understatement; it’s the first Zimbabwean novel to crack the Man Booker short-list, making her the first black African woman to have received this accolade.
- We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
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