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Tsitsi Dangarembga’s vital new essay
collection, Black and Female

By Faber Editor, 5th April 2022

Portrait of author Tsitsi Dangaremba
Upon submission, the directors of Faber thought it was vital to publish Tsitsi Dangarembga’s new essay collection, Black and Female, out in August 2022.

Associate Publisher Louisa Joyner acquired World rights from Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown. North American rights were acquired 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.

Tsitsi will be visiting the UK to help promote this essay collection in places such as Edinburgh Literature Festival, the Southbank Centre and more.

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

From her experience of life with a foster family in Dover and the difficulty of finding a publisher as a young Zimbabwean novelist, to the ways in which colonialism continues to disrupt the lives and minds of those subjugated by empire, Dangarembga writes to recentre marginalised voices.

Black and Female offers a powerful vision towards ‘re-membering’ – to use Toni Morrison’s word – those whose identities and experiences continue to be fractured by the intersections of history, race and gender.

Louisa Joyner said:

‘To read this landmark collection of essays by Tsitsi Dangarembga is to witness a paradigmatic shift in cultural engagement with questions of identity and colonialism. Tsitsi’s prose is at times as searingly painful as it is dazzlingly brilliant. Chinua Achebe once described Dangarembga’s prose as “as natural as the grass grows.” I believe these essays sit in response to his now globally famous Things Fall Apart and wields the same kind of philosophical and political power.’

Tsitsi Dangarembga said:

‘I hope these essays will be useful in a world that has begun to engage more meaningfully with diversity in general and race in particular. I am pleased that, with my publisher’s encouragement, this collection took less time to finish than my previous work has.’

Tsitsi Dangarembga is the author of three novels: Nervous Conditions, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, This Mournable Body, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and The Book of Not. She won the PEN Pinter Prize and the German Book Trade Peace Prize in 2021. Dangarembga is also a filmmaker, playwright and the director of the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa Trust. She is also one of the 2022 Windham-Campbell Prize winners. She lives in Harare, Zimbabwe.