Book Reviews

Bwesigye on Afropolitanism and Habila’s Review of Bulawayo’s Novel

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By Brian Bwesigye It is now a trend, that any story out of Africa that deals with deprivation, misrule and suffering is met with loud outcries of poverty-porn from a group of Africans Taiye Selasi defined as Afropolitans. Writing in Lip Magazine in 2005, Taiye described Afropolitans as “the newest generation of African emigrants … (known by a)…

Robin Becker’s Eighth Poetry Collection Vivid and Illuminating

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Pittsburgh, PA: Robin Becker’s forthcoming collection of poetry, Tiger Heron, is brimming with keen observations and vivid descriptions. She “looks straight at the failures of our human species, yet never loses her compassion or reduces the complexities and paradoxes to easy conclusions,” said award-winning poet Ellen Bass. “Deftly, precisely, these poems express their wisdom in…

New Interview with Lawrence Hoba

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In 2009, Weaver Press (Zimbabwe) published his collection of short stories, which one awards. He has gone on to publish more stories, and has even been instrumental in the founding of a new journal called The Write Mag, edited by Memory Chirere. We now publish an interview with him, in which he talks about the issues…

Kalpna Rajput Reviews New Book on R. K. Bhushan

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Kalpna Rajput is the poet, translator, reviewer, editor and co-author of several books. She is the Assistant Editor of literary e-zine www.creativesapling.com. Her poems, articles and papers have appeared in different journals of India and abroad. She has edited several books on poetry and criticism. Her recent book Remapping The Female Map: Jhumpa Lahiri and Manju Kapur is published from…

Tinashe Muchuri Reviews Mabasa’s “Imbwa Yemunhu”

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Good books often invite good reviews, and this is true of Tinashe Muchuri’s review of Ignatius Mabasa’s latest offering, the novel Imbwa Yemunhu.  This is the second Shona post on Munyori, and we are proud to recognize the richness of the Shona language, but most importantly, we are happy to be recognized by writers working in the Shona…

NoViolet Bulawayo Gets Resounding Welcome in Bulawayo

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‘We Need New Names’ Launch a Success Report by Philani Amadeus Nyoni BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE: A crowd of over three hundred people thronged the National Art Gallery in Bulawayo on Tuesday evening to welcome NoViolet Bulawayo  and her history- making novel to both the book’s and author’s hometown. The novel has sent shockwaves across the global landscape and received a resounding welcome…

New Charles Mungoshi novel published in Zimbabwe

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Mungoshi worked on this novel for twenty years Branching Streams Flow in the Dark by Charles Mungoshi, published in 2013 by Mungoshi Press, Harare, 165 pages, ISBN: 978 079 7444911, prize$18, phone: +263 774054341 Reviewed by Memory Chirere This transcendental novel, Branching Streams Flow in the Dark, published by his family, marks the long awaited ’return’ of…

Review of ‘The Lucky Star of Hidden Things”

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Poet: Afric McGlinchey Title: The Lucky Star of Hidden Things Publisher: Salmon Poetry ISBN: 9781908836083 Reviewer: Emmanuel Sigauke         I enjoyed experiencing The Lucky Star of Hidden Things, a debut collection of poems about wandering.  Africa is the starting point: remembered childhood, journeys through different cityscapes and the veldt, journeys to differebt shores. The first…

A Review of “Interviews with Effervescent Writers”

Title: Interviews with Effervescent Writers Editor: Christine Mautjana Publisher: Mbali Press                                                     Reviewed by Emmanuel Sigauke                                                          The package containing this book, shipped all the way from South Africa (to California) arrived in August 2012, when I was away in Zimbabwe. One of the writers featured in the book, Aryan Kaganof, whom I…

Memory Chirere Reviews “We Need New Names”

Memory Chirere is an award-winning Zimbabwean writer who teaches Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Zimbabwe. NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel, We Need New Names confirms the existence of  a certain special tradition in the literature of Zimbabwe which cries for adequate recognition and evaluation. Ever since Dambudzo Marechera of The House of Hunger’s “I got my  things…