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Opening Spaces: An Anthology of Contemporary African Women's Writing


In this anthology the award-winning author Yvonne Vera brings together the stories of many talented writers from different parts of Africa.
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In this anthology the award-winning author Yvonne Vera brings together the stories of many talented writers from different parts of Africa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435910105
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/10/1999
  • Series: African Writers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 5.07 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author


Yvonne Vera was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, gained her Ph.D. from York University in Canada, and was the Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. Yvonne Vera died at age 40 in 2005

Yvonne Vera’s Without a Name and Under the Tongue both won first prize in the Zimbabwe Publishers Literary Awards of 1995 and 1997 respectively. Under the Tongue won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region). Yvonne Vera won the Swedish literary award The Voice of Africa 1999.

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Table of Contents


The Girl Who Can - Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana)

Deciduous Gazettes - Melissa Tandiwe Myambo (Zimbabwe)

The Enigma - Lindsey Collen (Mauritius)

The Red Velvet Dress - Farida Karodia (South Africa)

Uncle Bunty - Norma Kitson (South Africa)

The Betrayal - Veronique Tadjo (Cote D'Ivoire)

The Museum - Leila Aboulela (Sudan)

The Power of a Plate of Rice - Ifeoma Okoye (Nigeria)

Stress - Lilia Momple (Mozambique)

A State of Outrage - Sindiwe Magona (South Africa)

Crocodile Tails - Chiedze Musengezi (Zimbabwe)

Night Thoughts - Monde Sifuniso (Zambia)

The Barrel of a Pen - Gugu Ndlovu (Zimbabwe)

A Perfect Wife - Anna Doa (Mali)

The Home-Coming - Milly Jafta (Namibia)

Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements

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