Posted on 01/14/2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga has won the 2021 PEN Award for Freedom of Expression.

Dangarembga caught the world’s attention when, after her novel This Mournable Body made the Booker Prize longlist (and later shortlist), she was arrested for protesting corruption in her native country.

The press release announcing her win notes that in addition to being an activist, Dangarembga is the founding member of PEN Zimbabwe.

PEN International describes itself as a freedom-of-expression advocacy group that also upholds literature as a force of world culture at the same time.

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