NoViolet Bulawayo conquers world

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ZIMBABWEAN author NoViolet Bulawayo continues to scale new heights, as she has been nominated for the 2013 Man Booker prize for the first time.

BLONDIE NDEBELE

Her book We Need New Names is among a record 12 other books that have been nominated for the prestigious literary award.

The books nominated for this year’s gong range from traditional to experiential and with authors from far afield as Shanghai, China to Hendon in London.

Bulawayo’s novel has been described as a “visceral and bittersweet” portrayal of life in a Zimbabwean shantytown called Paradise.

NoViolet has written several works including short stories.

In 2011, Bulawayo won a Caine Prize for African writing for her short story, Hitting Budapest, about a gang of street children in a Zimbabwean shanty town.

The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the best book of the year.

The prize is the world’s most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.