Sweet Medicine takes place in Harare at the height of Zimbabwe?s economic woes in 2008. Tsitsi, a young woman, raised by her strict, devout Catholic mother, believes that hard work, prayer and an education will ensure a prosperous and happy future. She does well at her mission boarding school, and goes on to obtain a scholarship to attend university, but the change in the economic situation in Zimbabwe destroys the old system where hard work and a degree guaranteed a good life. Out of university, Tsitsi finds herself in a position much lower than she had set her sights on, working as a clerk in the office of the local politician, Zvobgo. With a salary that barely provides her a means to survive, she finds herself increasingly compromising her Christian values to negotiate ways to get ahead. Sweet Medicine is a thorough and evocative attempt at grappling with a variety of important issues in the postcolonial context: tradition and modernity; feminism and patriarchy; spiritual and political freedoms and responsibilities; poverty and desperation; and wealth and abundance.
Panashe Chigumadzi, geboren in Simbabwe, aufgewachsen in Südafrika. Ihr Debut Roman Sweet Medicine (Blackbird Books, 2015) gewann 2016 den K. Sello Duiker Literary Award. Sie ist Gründerin des Vanguard magazine, Kolumnistin der The New York Times. Ihre Arbeiten wurden u.a. in Medien wie The Guardian, Chimurenga, der Washington Post und der Die Zeit veröffentlicht. Ihr zweites Buch These Bones Will Rise Again (Indigo Press, 2018) ist eine Reflektion der Amtsenthebung von Robert Mugabe. Sie ist Doktorandin am Harvard University’s Department of African and African American Studies.
Panashe Chigumadzi, born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa. Her debut novel Sweet Medicine (Blackbird Books, 2015) won the 2016 K. Sello Duiker Literary Award. She is the founding editor of Vanguard magazine. A columnist for The New York Times, her work has featured in titles including The Guardian, Chimurenga, Washington Post and Die Zeit. Her second book, These Bones Will Rise Again, a reflection on Robert Mugabe’s ouster (Indigo Press, 2018). She is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University’s Department of African and African American Studies.