Melanie O'Loughlin of Unity Books reviews This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga, published by Faber & Faber.
A follow-up to the highly acclaimed Nervous Condition, written as Rhodesia came to an end, and Zimbabwe began. In this new work, Tambu is no longer an outspoken child full of hope, she is a thirty-year-old woman living in Harare - educated yet unemployed, and forced to reckon with the knowledge that her country has betrayed its convictions. Long-listed for the Booker Prize 2020, for good reason. Complex, rich and simply wonderful.