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Bulawayo, Rhodesia 19 Sept. 1964 - Ontario 7 April 2005
|ON YVONNE VERA'S BOOKSHELF|
Isabel Allende, 1987
The Shadow of the Sun
Byatt's debut novel tells the story of troubled, sensitive seventeen-year-old Anna Severell, who struggles to discover and develop her own personality in the shadow of her father, a renowned novelist.
The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison, 1970
Margaret Atwood, 1972
V.S. Naipaul, 1959
'My original influences were more Caribbean authors. Because I'd taken a course at university in Canada on Caribbean authors, George Lamming, V.S. Naipul, and Sam Selvon. Especially Miguel Street by V.S. Naipul. I could never write a book with as much charm...'
- Yvonne Vera
Bessie Head, 1962 / 1993
'After my "Caribbean phase", I moved to reading people like Bessie Head... Very strong moral indignation, you know, that kind of a writer.'
- Yvonne Vera
The Hunger House
Dambudzo Marechera, 1978
Vera shared Marechera's daring approach to subject, bold uses of language, symbolic style, and willingness to use the surreal.
Women in Love
D.H. Lawrence, 1921 (first published in 1920, in New York, 'for subscribers only')
Vera was the first black person to get a library card at the whites-only Bulawayo Public Library. She used to say she may have been the only 12-year-old in Bulawayo to have read every one of the works of D. H. Lawrence (along with most of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy.)
|BOOKS BY YVONNE VERA:|
Set in the mid-1940s, in the black township of Makokoba in Bulawayo (Rhodesia), Butterfly Burning tells the story of the love between the 50-year old Fumbatha and the much younger Phephelaphi Dube.
|WHAT TO READ AFTER BUTTERFLY BURNING?|
LIFE IN THE TOWNSHIP
Dancing with Life
Christopher Mlalazi, 2008
Tales from the township.
The Lying Days
Nadine Gordimer, 1953
Gordimer's first novel, published in 1953, tells the story of Helen Shaw, daughter of white middle-class parents in a small gold-mining town in South Africa.
Cry, the Beloved Country
Alan Paton, 1958
Story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice.
Bernhard Schlink, 1995
Michael Berg is 15 when he begins a long, obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic older woman.
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
Gabriel García Márquez, 2004
On his 90th birthday, a man decides that his gift to himself will be a night with an adolescent virgin. To surprise, he falls in love with her.
Vladimir Nabokov, 1955
The Grass is Singing
Doris Lessing, 1950
The Leper Compound
Paula Nangle, 2008
Coming-of-age story of a white girl growing up in Rhodesia during the country’s bloody fight for independence.
Tsitsi Dangarembga, 1989
The House of Mirth
Edith Wharton, 1905
The Mill on the Floss
George Eliot, 1860
Richard Yates, 1961
|The Stone Virgins |
|Without a Name|
|Under the Tongue|
Chronicles adolescent Zhizha's search for identity through a complicated relationship with her family.
The story of a people's first encounter with colonialism.
|Why Don't You Carve Other Animals|
Her first book. Stories.
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