Zimbabwe

The Kansas City Public Library hosted two events in September that offered a look at the influence of Zimbabwe on international art. On September 4, 2008 at the Central Library, Roy Guthrie, the owner of Chapungu Sculpture Park, talked about how the troubled country of Zimbabwe became a destination for contemporary art collectors. On September 6, 2008 at the Plaza Branch, children enjoyed the works of a master stone carver from Zimbabwe as he chiseled stone into art. Explore the country and culture of Zimbabwe through these books or take a look at some news sources to learn more about current events in this nation.

Zimbabwe culture | Life in Zimbabwe | Fiction by Zimbabwean authors | Zimbabwe in the news

Zimbabwe culture

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The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa

By Alexander McCall Smith
Gathered here is a selection of folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana as retold by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith. Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe and grew up hearing stories that so enchanted him, he passed them along to his own children. He now shares them in this book.

Culture and Customs of Zimbabwe

By Oyekan Owomoyela
Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia, won its independence from Great Britain in 1980 yet continues to feel the impact of Western lifestyles and prejudices. This accessible overview examines Zimbabwe, evoking the contemporary ways of life in this country.

Life in Zimbabwe

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House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided In War-Torn Zimbabwe

By Christina Lamb
Through the parallel accounts of two people in Zimbabwe “ one a poor black maid, one a rich white farmer “ British journalist Lamb tells the compelling story of a country ravaged first by colonial settlers and now by brutal civil war. Based on interviews with Aqui and Nigel over many years, including 12 undercover trips since 2002, Lamb recounts the country's recent history.

Casting with a Fragile Thread: A Story of Sisters and Africa

By Wendy Kann
In this poignant, lyric memoir, a sister's tragic death prompts a woman's unbidden journey into her turbulent African past in colonial Rhodesia “ now Zimbabwe “ as she explores the heartbreak of loss and belonging, and finally discovers the true meaning of home.

When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa

By Peter Godwin
A son returns to Africa to uncover the secrets of his family and his home. Bearing witness to Zimbabwe's dramatic spiral downwards, Godwin discovers why Africa was his father's sanctuary from another identity and why his family chose to stay amidst the chaos.

African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe

By Doris Lessing
Author Doris Lessing recounts visits to her homeland, Zimbabwe, 25 years after her exile from old Southern Rhodesia for opposing the minority white government.

Where We Have Hope: A Memoir of Zimbabwe

By Andrew Meldrum
American-born journalist Andrew Meldrum was seized and expelled from Zimbabwe in May 2003, forced to leave for writing "bad things" about President Robert Mugabe's regime. Here, Meldrum describes what it meant to live through this period of hope and tragedy, and how he was harassed, arrested, imprisoned, and tried.

Fiction by Zimbabwean authors

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Butterfly Burning

By Yvonne Vera
Butterfly Burning brought the poetic voice of Zimbabwean writer Yvonne Vera to American readers for the first time. Set in Makokoba, a black township, in the late 1940s, the novel is an intensely bittersweet love story. Vera captures the ebullience and bitterness to township life, as well as the strength and courage of her unforgettable heroine.

Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter

By J. Nozipo Maraire
Written as a letter from a Zimbabwean mother to her daughter, a student at Harvard, J. Nozipo Maraire evokes the moving story of a mother reaching out to her daughter to share the lessons life has taught her and bring the two closer than ever before.

Without a Name and Under the Tongue

By Yvonne Vera
Yvonne Vera's novels chronicle the lives of Zimbabwean women with extraordinary power and beauty. Without a Name and Under the Tongue, her two earliest novels, are set in the seventies during the guerrilla war against the white government.

Zimbabwe in the news

Zimbabwe Special Report

Current news about Zimbabwe from BBC News.

Zimbabwe News

World news about Zimbabwe from The New York Times.

Country Profile: Zimbabwe

A guide to the history, politics and economic background of Zimbabwe.

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