Tsitsi Dangarembga's This Mournable Body has been shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2020.
In this tense and psychologically charged novel, Tsitsi Dangarembga channels the hope and potential of one young girl and a fledgling nation to lead us on a journey to discover where lives go after hope has departed.
Here we meet Tambudzai, living in a run-down youth hostel in downtown Harare and anxious about her prospects after leaving a stagnant job. At every turn in her attempt to make a life for herself, she is faced with a fresh humiliation, until the painful contrast between the future she imagined and her daily reality ultimately drives her to a breaking point.
Of this year's shortlist, the Booker Prize said:
'There is something very 2020 about the shortlist, reflecting, as it does, diversity and the awareness that storytelling is perhaps more broad-based than ever before. The US element may well attract the headlines but this is a shortlist that carries the tang not just of America but of Scotland, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and India too.'
The full shortlist can be found here. The winner will be announced on November 19 2020.