Books  |  Oct 25, 2021

Tsitsi Dangarembga wins Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

Zimbabwean author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade on Saturday (23 October) at a ceremony attended by 400 guests at the Church of St Paul in Frankfurt. The prize is worth €25,000.

Dangarembga was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize with This Mournable Body (Faber), and won the 2021 PEN Pinter Prize. She is international chair of creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She has faced harassment in Zimbabwe as a result of her campaigning against corruption in the country.

The mayor of Frankfurt, Peter Feldmann, said: "You stand up for freedom of the press, for the fight against corruption - even when those in power try their best to intimidate you, as they did last year, and threaten you with incarceration. Your strength and defiance, which runs through all of your novels, dramas and films, makes you a role model for us all."