Valerie Tagwira

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‘The Uncertainty of Hope’ released in South Africa

In Books, Literature, The Uncertainty of Hope, Writing on April 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm

I have two bits of news this week.

The first one is that The Uncertainty of Hope has just been released in South Africa where it is published by Jacana Media. The book has a new cover. I like and can understand the headless chicken and some of what it represents. I also like the colors, which are our (Zimbabwean) national colors. But I must say though that I don’t quite get the headless cow.

The second bit of news is that a few days ago, a friend forwarded me a link to a report on a workshop which took place in Harare on November 20-22, 2007. The workshop explored the theme “Cultural Construction(s) of Zimbabwe” and was organised by the “Cultural Images in and of Africa” research programme at the Nordic Africa Institute.

Among other things, the workshop discussed The Uncertainty of Hope as well as works by writers like Chirikure Chirikure, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Yvonne Vera.

This is what the report said about The Uncertainty of Hope:

Anna Chitando’s paper on Valerie Tagwira’s novel The Uncertainty of Hope described the novel in terms of its wide-ranging protest, targeting both the victims of Murambatsvina and the corruption in the police and political and commercial elite. She emphasized the feminist aspect of the novel and its capacity for creating role models for strong, independent women.

I am hoping that I’ll be able to read Anna Chitando’s paper soon. It will be interesting to find out exactly what she said.