Posted on June 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Those speaking out against injustice and wrongs in the world often find themselves attacked, not praised, for their efforts.

Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga certainly knows this from experience, having been arrested last summer in protests against corruption in her home country.

But while her case remains unresolved, according to the Guardian, she has at least received further support for her fight: the PEN Pinter Prize.

The award goes to writers who take an “unflinching, unswerving” look at the world, which fits both Dangarembga’s literary and political efforts.

Judges praised her “ability to capture and communicate vital truths even amidst times of upheaval.”

Among Dangarembga’s works are Nervous Conditions (the first book published by a Black woman from Zimbabwe in English), The Book of Not, and the Booker-shortlisted This Mournable Body (which completes the trilogy).

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