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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

Why Don't You Carve Other Animals

by (author) Yvonne Vera

Publisher
Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
Initial publish date
Nov 2018
Category
Short Stories (single author), Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781988449555
    Publish Date
    Nov 2018
    List Price
    $22.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780920661246
    Publish Date
    Jan 1992
    List Price
    $15.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781988449586
    Publish Date
    Nov 2018
    List Price
    $12.99

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The place is white-ruled Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) of the 1970s, the exile the African in his or her own land. Young men and women flee from their towns and villages to join the freedom fighters in the forests.

These stories, set during the years of the armed struggle, tell of the other struggle, that of the survival and anxiety of those who stayed behind. Told essentially from the women's point of view, in lyrical but unaffected prose, the stories recreate the dark atmosphere of those months full of fear and hope.

This new edition is introduced by MG Vassanji.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Yvonne Vera (1964-2005) was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and later attended York University in Toronto, gaining her doctorate in English Literature in 1995. Her fiction has won a number of international awards, including the Tucholsky Prize from Swedish PEN (2004) and the Macmillan Writer's Prize for Africa (2002). Her novel Nehanda was short-listed for the Commonwealth Prize (Africa, 1995), which she won two years later for Under the Tongue (1997).

Editorial Reviews

"A subtle writer ... [Why Don't You Carve Other Animals] radiates the same commitment as The Grass Is Singing, Doris Lessing's first novel, which forty years ago also reported unbridgeable boundaries in Southern Africa." -Toronto Review

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