Thursday, 4 August 2011
Zimbabwean Wins The Caine Prize
The Caine is often described as Africa's Booker, and is awarded annually to the best short story from the continent. It was last won by a Zimbabwean in 2004 (Brian Chikwava, who went on to write HARARE NORTH.) This makes two Zimbabwean wins in eight years, not bad for a country holding just 10 million of African's 1 billion people. In short: ha! We may not have an economy but we still have writers! Who needs a stupid economy anyway.
Full text of the story is here.
As a side point, I see NoViolet Bulowayo has lived in the US since 1999, but says she longs to be writing back in Africa. I think it is interesting how many writers defined as African live in the US and UK. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is another one. I suspect this is primarily a question of economics, but I do wonder what effect - if any - this is having on the literature of the continent . . .