Zimbabwe’s Tsitsi Dangarembga first black woman to win German Bookstore Peace Prize – Art-and-culture News, Firstpost

The jury underlined her commitment to promoting culture in her country and opening it up to women, and her fight for rights and political change in Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwean writer and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga has received a prestigious German award for a body of work that has made her a leading African literary voice.

Dangarembga, 62, was announced on June 21 as this year’s winner of the German Book Trade Peace Prize, endowed with 25,000 euros ($ 29,700) and awarded since 1950. Dangarembga will receive it in Frankfurt on October 24. .

The jury said that Dangarembga, who is the first black woman to win the award, is “not only one of her country’s most important artists, but also a widely audible voice of Africa in contemporary literature. “. He also underlined his commitment to promote culture in his country and to open it up to women, and to his fight for rights and political change in Zimbabwe.

His works include the bestselling novel, Nervous disorders and its sequel, This lamentable body.

Last July, Dangarembga was arrested and spent one night in detention for standing by a road in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, and holding up a sign saying “We want better. Reform our institutions.

She also received the PEN Pinter Award and the PEN International Award for Freedom of Expression this year.

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