The bookseller – Rights – Faber seizes Dangarembga’s “dazzling” essay snack

Faber signed Black and Womana new collection of essays by Tsitsi Dangarembga that explores the relationship between gender and race.

Associate editor Louisa Joyner acquired Karolina Sutton’s worldwide rights from Curtis Brown for the collection. Dangarembga is now represented by Nicola Chang at David Higham Associates. North American rights were secured by Fiona McCrae for Graywolf Press, with Yuka Igarashi as in-house editor, and German rights were acquired at auction by Bastei Lübbe for their Quadriga imprint. Dangarembga will travel to the UK to help promote the book, traveling to events such as the Edinburgh Literature Festival, appearing at the Southbank Center and other venues.

The collection traces Dangarembga’s experiences growing up with a foster family in Dover, the difficulty of finding a publisher as a young Zimbabwean novelist, and how colonialism continues to “disrupt the lives and minds of those who are subjugated by the empire”.

“This paradigm-shifting collection of essays weaves together the personal and the political in an illuminating exploration of internationally acclaimed novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga’s complex relationship with race and gender,” reads the synopsis. “At once philosophical, intimate and urgent, Dangarembga’s landmark essays for the first time address the profound cultural and political questions that underlie his novels.

Black and Woman offers a powerful vision of ‘recall’ – to use Toni Morrison’s word – for those whose identities and experiences continue to be fractured by the intersections of history, race and gender. »

Dangarembga has written three novels, including Nervous conditionswinner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, This mourning bodyshortlisted for the Booker Prize, and The Book of No, all published with Faber. She won the PEN Pinter Prize and the German Book Trade Prize for Peace in 2021. Dangarembga is also a filmmaker, playwright and director of the Creative Arts Institute for Progress in Africa Trust. She is also one of the winners of the 2022 Windham-Campbell Prize. She lives in Harare, Zimbabwe.

“I hope these trials will be helpful in a world that has begun to engage more meaningfully with diversity in general and race in particular,” she said. “I’m glad that with my publisher’s encouragement, this collection took less time to complete than my previous work.”

Joyner added: “To read this historic collection of essays by Tsitsi Dangarembga is to witness a paradigm shift in cultural engagement with issues of identity and colonialism. Tsitsi’s prose is at times as painful as it is dazzling Chinua Achebe once described Dangarembga’s prose as ‘as natural as grass grows.’ I believe these essays respond to his now world famous things are falling apart and wields the same kind of philosophical and political power.”

Black and Woman will be released in August 2022.

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