With the novel Nervous Conditions, written at the age of twenty-five Tsitsi Dangarembga became the first black Zimbabwean woman to have a full-length book published. “To be a native is a nervous condition”, Dangarembga has commented on the title of this book about Tambu, a girl yearning for education, but stumbling into barriers of colour, class and sex. Published in 1988 in London, it became one of the most popular post-independence novels by an African writer. In August 2006, a sequel to Nervous Conditions was published, The Book of NOT.
Tsitsi Dangarembga worked with theatre before she published Nervous Conditions, and has also used her creativity as a film-maker. She wrote the story for Neria (1993), about abuse of traditions to dispossess a woman. The popular film has songs by Oliver Mtukudzi. With Everyone’s Child she again pioneered, as the first black woman film director in Zimbabwe to make a feature film. AIDS and orphanage are the themes here, again with the country’s best musicians, Thomas Mapfumo and others. Dangarembga studied film in Berlin, but returned to Zimbabwe in 2000. In 2005, the controversial film Kare Kare Zvako - Mother’s Day was launched.
18.30 – 20.00 Programme within the series “Writers’ Africa”.
Tsitsi Dangarembga will be talking about her two novels with Mai Palmberg.
Venue: The Nordic Africa Institute, Library (ground floor)
Read an interview with Tsitsi Dangarembga on her work with film.
Enquiries and further information: Mai Palmberg. E-mail: Mai.Palmberg@nai.uu.se
Inga-Britt Isaksson Faris. Phone: 018-562211. E-mail: Inga-Britt.Faris@nai.uu.se
Coordinator for the project "Cultural Images in and of Africa"
Tsitsi Dangarembga has been invited to Sweden by Cinemafrica for the Cinemafrica
Film Festival in Stockhkolm, 18-25 October. Venues: Zita and Moderna Museet,
Enquiries about interviews and the events in Stockholm: Charlotte Pruth, 070-734 44 26, firstname.lastname@example.org