The author Dangarembga is honoured with the Peace Prize

Tsitsi Dangarembga, an author and filmmaker from Zimbabwe, has been awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

Autorin Dangarembga mit Friedenspreis geehrt
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Frankfurt/Main (dpa) - Tsitsi Dangarembga, an author and filmmaker from Zimbabwe, has been awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. The 62-year-old has succeeded in "bringing us into close contact with a society in such a way that – even though we might not fully understand it – we nevertheless are able to relate it to ourselves, that is, to ourselves and our own shortcomings", said Karin Schmidt-Friderichs, the president of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, in Frankfurt on Sunday. Dangarembga is "a widely recognised voice of Africa in contemporary literature."

The laudatory speech in St. Paul’s Church was given by the Kenyan Germanist and sociologist Auma Obama. "You are not ordinary, an ordinary life was not an option for you," she said of her friend. And, "You are one of the most successful and important voices on the African continent and, through the award, will hopefully soon be worldwide."

Dangarembga published her acclaimed debut novel Nervous Conditions in 1988 as the first part of an autobiographical trilogy. The three books use the example of an adolescent woman to describe the struggle for the right to a decent life and female self-determination in Zimbabwe.

Dangarembga studied film directing in Berlin from 1989 to 1996 and later returned to Zimbabwe with her German husband. In her films, she addresses problems that arise from the clash between tradition and modernity. The Peace Prize is endowed with 25,000 euros.

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