The Zimbabwean reports that Shimmer Chinodya has won the 2007 Noma Award for his 2006 novel Strife. The news source reveals,” The jury described the book as: ‘Brilliant … powerful and haunting story notably innovative … a new dimension in African writing.
‘Chinodya reverses the traditional relationship between family and nation, concentrating on the social energies in an African family, rather than the individual or the nation. The novelist’s psychological sensitivity illuminates the dominant themes of disease and death; and the constant tension between the pull of the past and the aspiration of modernity is expressed in a prose that makes everything original and new, recasting old themes,'”
“Chinodya is one of Zimbabwe’s most celebrated post-independence literary writers. He won The Commonwealth Writers Prize, Africa region in 1990, for his critically acclaimed novel, Harvest of Thorns and has published eight novels, children’s books, educational texts, radio and film scripts, and has contributed to numerous anthologies,” reports The Zimbabwean, which describes the Weaver press-published novel, Strife,exploring ” the powerful draw that conflicting ideologies exercise over an emerging middle-class that at once yearns for autonomy and unconsciously desires the irresponsibility of an all-pervading destiny.”
Wealth of Ideas congratulates Chinodya for this $10 000, 00 recognition.