A Zimbabwean writer, Brian Chikwava is the author of the novel Harare North and winner of the 2004 Caine Prize for African Writing for his story "Seventh Street Alchemy." His essay "Free Speech in Zimbabwe: The Story of the Blue-Stomached Lizard" appeared in the September 2006 issue of WLT.
Asked to recommend three titles that would provide greater insight into Zimbabwe today, Brian Chikwava turned to both fiction and nonfiction, listing a novel, a memoir, and a collection of stories. Together they span Zimbabwe's pre-independence through the contemporary moment, including the new diaspora.Bones
Chenjerai Hove (Baobab Books)
A powerful, poetic novel (1998) that...