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Without a Name and Under the Tongue

 
 
 
 
Without a Name and Under the Tongue
Author: Yvonne Vera
ISBN 13: 9780374528164
ISBN 10: 374528160
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 2002-02-13
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $21.00
 
 

Yvonne Vera's novels chronicle the lives of Zimbabwean women with extraordinary power and beauty. Without a Name and Under the Tongue, her two earliest novels, are set in the seventies during the guerrilla war against the white government.

In Without a Name (1994), Mazvita, a young woman from the country, travels to Harare to escape the war and begin a new life. But her dreams of independence are short-lived. She begins a relationship of convenience and becomes pregnant.

In Under the Tongue (1996), the adolescent Zhizha has lost the will to speak. In lyrical fragments, Vera relates the story of Zhizha's parents, and the horrifying events that led to her mother's imprisonment and her father's death. With this novel Vera became the first Zimbabwean writer ever to deal frankly with incest. With these surprising, at times shocking novels Vera shows herself to be a writer of great potential.

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Vera makes the novel new in Africa.