ISBN 9781779220264
Pages 76
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2003
Publisher Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Tale of Tamari

by Shimmer Chinodya

Tamari is fourteen. Her parents have died and she lives with her brother, Kuda, in their home where the rooms have been let to lodgers. Her Uncle Banda supposedly keeps an eye on them, but is more concerned about how much money he can make from the tenants. The Tale of Tamari is not a sad or didactic story, but one which delights us with its freshness and its empathy, besides giving us a richly varied slice of life in Zimbabwe today as orphans make their way into a future.

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Review

'This book is peopled with vivid characters who bring the story to life in a real world that is peopled by bad characters. Fortunately for the protagonist Tamari, good people do not allow injustices to go unchallenged. The author has rendered all the characters with sympathy.'

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About the Author

Shimmer Chinodya

Shimmer Chinodya is one of Zimbabwe’s most celebrated post-independence literary writers. In 2007 he won the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa for his novel Strife. He won The Commonwealth Writers Prize, Africa region in 1990, for his critically acclaimed novel, Harvest of Thorns. His other publications include Dew in the Morning (1982), Tale of Tamari (2004) and Can we Talk and Other Stories (1998), which was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2000.

Chinodya has written short stories, children’s books and film scripts. He has received numerous writing fellowships. From 1995-1997, he was Visiting Professor in Creative Writing and African Literature at the University of St Lawrence in the US.

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