Tsitsi Dangarembga, the Zimbabwean writer shortlisted by Booker, won the PEN Pinter Award in 2021. The annual award is given to an author who, the website says, must have “a significant body of play, poetry, d ‘essays or fiction of exceptional quality. literary merit, written in English.
“I am grateful that my cast – in the words of Harold Pinter – an ‘unwavering and unwavering look’ on my country and its society has resonated with many people around the world and this year with the PEN Pinter Award jury. … I believe that the positive reception of literary works like mine helps prove that we can unite around what is positively human, âshe said in The Guardian.
the Nervous disorders the author, who was arrested last year while demonstrating and taking a stand against corruption, was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 for her work, This lamentable body.
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âThrough her trilogy of novelsâ¦ she traced the development of Zimbabwe from a British colony to an autocratic and troubled free stateâ¦ In doing so, she looked up to the struggles of ordinary people, in so many parts of the world. world, to lead a good life in the increasingly corrupt and fractured new world order. His is a voice that we all need to hear and take into account, âsaid Claire Armitstead, PEN Administrator, England.
Established in 2009, the PEN Pinter Prize is awarded in memory of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter. The website further states that the writer must be a “resident of Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, the Commonwealth or the Former Commonwealth which, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, throws a âunchanging and unshakeableâ gaze on the world, and shows a âfierce intellectual determinationâ¦ to define the true truth of our lives and our societiesâ. “