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Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women's Writing [Paperback]

Yvonne Vera

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Aug. 1 2008 0435910108 978-0435910105 1

African women are seldom given the space to express their concerns, their ideas and their reflections about the societies in which they live. In situations where a good woman is expected to remain silent, literature can provide an important medium for the expression of deeply-felt and sometimes shocking views. In this anthology the award-winning author Yvonne Vera brings together the stories of many talented writers from different parts of Africa. The act as witnesses to the dramas of private and public life. Their stories challenge contemporary attitudes and behaviour, leaving no room for complacency.


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Yvonne Vera was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, gained her Ph.D. from York University in Canada, and  was the Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. Yvonne Vera died at age 40 in 2005   

 

Yvonne Vera’s  Without a Name and Under the Tongue both won first prize in the Zimbabwe Publishers Literary Awards of 1995 and 1997 respectively. Under the Tongue won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region). Yvonne Vera won the Swedish literary award The Voice of Africa 1999.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A window in the lives of everyday African Women Aug. 8 2007
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Awesome compilation of real women's stories. I felt a particular connection to the story by Gugu Ndlovu. Her characters were especially vivid. A must read!
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