Yvonne Vera wins an award
Stockholm - Exiled
Zimbabwe writer Yvonne Vera was on Wednesday named
winner of the Tucholsky Award by the Swedish section of
Pen, the worldwide association of writers.
Vera has lived in Canada since last
year where she previously secured a doctorate in English
after completing her secondary education in Bulawayo,
The 39-year-old Vera has written
short stories and novels including Nehanda and
Without a Name that were short-listed for the
Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa.
She won the prestigious prize in 1997
for Under the Tongue, a novel set against the
backdrop of Zimbabwe's independence war but that also
deals with taboo subjects like rape.
The Tucholsky Award, worth 150 000
kronor, has been handed out since the beginning of the
1980s to persecuted, threatened or exiled writers and
The award was named after German
writer Kurt Tucholsky, who came to Sweden in the
beginning of the 1930s as a refugee from Nazi- Germany.
He committed suicide in 1935 while
waiting for the authorities to approve his application
as a political refugee.
Former Tucholsky Award winners
include Salman Rushdie, Taslima Nasrin of Bangladesh,
Romani poet Rajko Djuric and Chinese poet and writer Jun
Feng. - Sapa-dpa
Edited by Ilse Arendse