Tsitsi Dangarembga is one of Zimbabwe’s most prized writers of all times.
The author and film maker has been very instrumental in shaping Zimbabwe’s literature. She has contributed some of the most epic films in Zimbabwean film. Now she not only represents Zimbabwe, but Africa on a very important list. Tsitsi’s novel ‘Nervous Conditions’ has been named in BBC Culture’s “The 100 Stories that shaped the world.
The 1988 novel is ranked 66th on the list which was compiled by writers across the globe. From the list it seems that Dangarembga is the only African woman, of colour on the list.
The BBC Culture’s Stories that Shaped the World series looks at epic poems, plays and novels from around the globe that have influenced history and changed mindsets. The poll of writers and critics, 100 Stories that Shaped the World, will be discussed at the Hay Festival in May and later broadcast on BBC World News.
The Top Ten is as follows:
1. The Odyssey (Homer, 8th Century BC)
2. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852)
3. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley, 1818)
4. Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell, 1949)
5. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe, 1958)
6. One Thousand and One Nights (various authors, 8th-18th Centuries)
7. Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes, 1605-1615)
8. Hamlet (William Shakespeare, 1603)
9. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez, 1967)
10. The Iliad (Homer, 8th Century BC)
66. Nervous Conditions (Tsitsi Dangarembga, 1988)
The recognition of Tsitsi Dangarembga’s novel as an important pillar in world history and literature brings so much pride.