Zimbabwe – Tinashe Mushakavanhu: “What Happened to Our Literature?”

Tinashe Mushakavanhu blames local publishers for letting down Zimbabwean readers. They have killed the country’s literature.

Their mantra is that you either write for the syllabus or you perish. In other words, our writers have to produce acceptable literature, literature that does not offend and literature that is politically correct.

Sometimes, I wonder if we are still the nation that produced Musaemura Zimunya, Solomon Mutsvairo, Dambudzo Marechera, Yvonne Vera, Ndabezinhle Sigogo, and Patrick Chakaipa among others.

The local publishers use the flimsy excuse that they do not have the funds and a suitable economic environment in which to publish. However, true to some extent, this has also led to the proliferation of donor-themed fiction being produced (…)

[Read Tinashe Mushakavanhu’s full article]
Published by The Standard of Zimbabwe.


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