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wins 2007 Noma Award
October 28, 2007
writer, Shimmer Chinodya has won the Noma Award for Publishing in
Africa in 2007 for his novel Strife.
of this powerful and haunting story, in notably innovative form,
brings a new dimension to African writing," the Noma Award
for Publishing in Africa Jury's citation reads. "The novelist
reverses the traditional relationship between family and nation,
concentrating on the social energies in an African family, rather
than the individual or the nation.
"Powerful and haunting,
with memorable portraits of individuals, the story is driven by
a deep and distinctive sense of the tragic. The novelist's psychological
sensitivity illuminates the dominant themes of disease and death;
and the constant tension between the pull of the past and the aspiration
of modernity is expressed in a prose that makes everything original
and new, recasting old themes."
Chinodya has published
eight novels, children's books, educational texts, radio and film
scripts, and has contributed to numerous anthologies.
He has won many awards,
including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize
(Africa region). He seeks primarily to present an African worldview,
but wants his literature to speak to the world as a whole. He describes
his works as "experiments on the effects of time and change
on humans, and human relationships tangled in the eternal quest
for happiness and fulfilment".
The Noma Award, under
the auspices of UNESCO, will be presented to Chinodya at a special
ceremony details of which will be announced later.
Strife was published
in 2006 by Weaver Press, Zimbabwe.
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