Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean lawyer and writer. She writes in English, though she also draws on Shona, her first language.
The Zimbabwean author spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about her novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, which re-imagines the 19th-century explorer and missionary David Livingstone through the eyes of his many African companions.
Harriett Gilbert is joined by Zimbabwean novelist Petina Gappah for this month’s edition of World Book Club, continuing 2020’s celebration of women’s writing. Petina will be answering questions from readers around the world about her novel The Book Of Memory. It’s narrated by Memory, an albino woman convicted of murdering her wealthy white guardian, who took her away from life in the townships when she was a child. In this testimony, written from her prison cell, Memory looks back over her life and confronts the events that led to this conviction. (Photo: Petina Gappah. Credit: Marina Cavazza)
Zimbabwean novelist Petina Gappah joins Kate Evans to talk about her novel The Book of Memory, a story that traverses a Zimbabwean prison, dirt-poor townships and well-heeled suburbs in a gripping tale of love, obsession and the treachery of recollection.
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Harare, Harare Province, Zimbabwe
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2 hours, 37 minutes
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