Panashe Chigumadzi was born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, where she is considered one of the most promising young writers of the ‘Born Free’ generation. Her debut novel Sweet Medicine (Blackbird Books) was published in 2015 and won the K. Sello Duiker Literary Award.
She is the founding editor of Vanguard magazine, a platform for young black women coming of age in post-apartheid South Africa, and a contributing editor to Johannesburg Review of Books. Her work has featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, Washington Post, Die Ziet and Transition.
These Bones Will Rise Again is her first book to be published in the UK.
A leading writer of Zimbabwe’s ‘born-free’ generation reflects on the November 2017 ousting of Robert Mugabe, radically reframing the history of Zimbabwe to include the perspectives of workers, women and urban movements
In November 2017 the people of Zimbabwe took to the streets in an unprecedented alliance with the military. Their goal, to restore the legacy of Chimurenga, the liberation struggle, and wrest their country back from over thirty years of Robert Mugabe’s rule.
In an essay that combines bold reportage, memoir and critical analysis, Zimbabwean novelist and journalist Panashe Chigumadzi reflects on the ‘coup that was not a coup’, the telling of history and manipulation of time and the ancestral spirts of two women – her own grandmother and Mbuya Nehanda, the grandmother of the nation.
'Chigumadzi successfully nests the intimate charge of her poignant personal story in the sweeping historical account and mythology of Zimbabwe.'
Brian Chikwava, author of Harare North
'Chigumadzi's exploration of personal, family and national history reincarnates in stark, vivid images, many of those interred in the shadows of her country's 'Big Men'.'
Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of Nervous Conditions