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Without a Name and Under the Tongue

Without a Name and Under the Tongue

Yvonne Vera

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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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Without a Name and Under the Tongue

FOR MY MOTHER AND HER MOTHER
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Heat mauled the upturned faces.
The bus was fierce red. Skin turned a violent mauve. That is how hot the day was. The faces jostled and hurried,...

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Praise for Without a Name and Under the Tongue

“A remarkable novel . . . Vera writes gracefully, depicting with extraordinary elegance the chaos and disorder of township life, the surreal conditions of existence imposed by the colonial authority upon the residents.” —Michelle Cliff, The Village Voice on Butterfly Burning

“Vera makes the novel new in Africa.” —Independent Extra (Zimbabwe) on Butterfly Burning

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About the author

Yvonne Vera

Yvonne Vera was born in Bulawayo, where she is now director of the National Gallery. The author of Butterfly Burning, she received the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa region) for Under the Toungue.

Yvonne Vera

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