Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals

Introduction by M G Vassanji

“Caught between memory and dreaming, the hopeful exile weaves a comforting performance out of a tale of agony.”

The place is white-ruled Rhodesia of the seventies (now Zimbabwe), the exile the African in his or her own land. Young men and women flee from their villages to join the freedom fighters in the forests.

These stories, set during the years of the armed struggle, tell of the other struggle, that of survival of those who stayed behind. Told essentially from the women’s point of view, in lyrical but unaffected prose, the stories recreate the dark atmosphere of those months full of fear and hope.

“A subtle writer… [This book] radiates the same commitment as The Grass Is Singing, Doris Lessing’s first novel, which forty years ago also reported unbridgeable boundaries in Southern Africa.”
The Toronto Review

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Publication Date (Reprint): November 2018

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-988449-55-5
Page size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
96 pages

eBook ISBN: 978-1-988449-58-6

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Yvonne Vera was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Her works Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals and Nehanda  were short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Award Africa Region in 1993 and 1994, respectively

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