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Chenjerai Hove



Né en 1956. Etudes chez les frères catholiques maristes puis enseignement dans plusieurs établissements secondaires tout en poursuivant des études supérieures.


Chenjerai Hove is a Zimbabwean poet and novelist known for his works in both the English and Shona languages.

His works :

And Now the Poets Speak (co-editor; poetry), 1981

Up In Arms (poetry), 1982

Red Hills of Home (poetry), 1985.

Bones (novel), Harare: Baobab Books, 1988; Heineman International AWS, 1989.

Shadows (novel), Harare: Baobab Books, 1991; Heinemann International Literature and Textbooks, 1992.

Shebeen Tales: Messages from Harare (journalistic essays), 1994

Rainbows in the Dust (poetry), 1997

Guardians of the Soil (cultural reflections by Zimbabwe's elders), 1997.

Ancestors (novel), 1997.

Desperately Seeking Europe (co-author; essays on European identity), 2003

Palaver Finish, essays on politics and life in Zimbabwe, 2003

Blind Moon (poetry), 2004.

The Keys of Ramb (children's story), 2004

Honours and awards

1983 Special Commendations for the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, for Up in Arms

1984 Inaugural President, Zimbabwe Writers Union

1988 Winner, Zimbabwe Literary Award, for Bones

1989 Winner, Noma Award for Publishing In Africa, for Bones

1990 Founding Board Member, Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights)

1991-94 Writer-in-Residence, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

1994 Visiting Professor, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, USA

1995 Guest Writer, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts and Leeds University, UK

1996 Guest Writer, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany

1998 Second Prize, Zimbabwe Literary Award, for Ancestors

2001 German-Africa Prize for literary contribution to freedom of expression

2007-08 International Writers Project Fellow, Brown University
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