Faber has released Tsitsi Dangarembga's This Mournable Body as a paperback edition this week, after it was announced the novel has made the Booker Prize shortlist.
Dangarembga is the author of two previous novels including Nervous Conditions, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and named one of the "100 Books that Shaped the World" by the BBC. She is also a filmmaker, playwright and the director of the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa Trust.
Commenting on her shortlisted status, Dangarembga said: "Success which comes later in life is a beautiful, mellow blessing. I am grateful the world has evolved to accommodate voices like mine and that the Booker Prize continues to open up new frontiers in English-language literature."
The author was released on bail after being arrested in her home city Harare, during a peaceful anti-government demonstration.
She has been ordered to return to court on 18th September, charged with incitement to commit violence, and breaching coronavirus health and safety regulations.
Louisa Joyner, associate publisher, said: "To read the opening chapters of This Mournable Body is to know you are in the presence of greatness. The shock to us all should be that a writer of Tsitsi Dangarembga's stature and critical reception is not already as familiar a name in our industry as Hilary Mantel or Julian Barnes. I am overjoyed that the Booker and the power of its shortlist will help us all change that."
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