ISBN 9789987622221
Pages 232
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2001
Publisher E & D Ltd., Tanzania
Format Paperback

Parched Earth

by Elieshi Lema

Parched Earth received and Honourable Mention in the 2002 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.

This is an extraordinary first novel by a Tanzanian women writer. The central character, Doreen, tells her story in the first person narrative. Born into a women headed household in a rural area, her inner life and development mirror her life's passage: education, career, the town, marriage and motherhood. Whilst not didactic nor impinging on beautifully crafted writing, the novel deals with gender politics from a local level rather than a western oriented feminist stance. Both fatalism and seperatism are rejected and the book is imbued with insights and touchstones about the female condition.

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Review

'Deep and wise, this love story is perhaps the first feminist novel from Tanzania in English. The story of a women coming to age against the strictures of patriarchy, it is psychologically convincing, told in a style full of suggestive imagery which underlies the themes.'

Noma Award Jury Citation

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