PETINA GAPPAH

PETINA GAPPAH

PETINA GAPPAH

A Zimbabwean novelist and playwright who was born in Zambia, Petina Gappah is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Out of Darkness, Shining Light and The Book of Memory and two equally acclaimed short story collections Rotten Row and An Elegy for Easterly. Her first play premiered in Harare in 2019, and her second, Black Sunlight, about the writer Dambudzo Marechera, will premiere in 2021. Petina’s work has been published in more than a dozen languages, including by among others, Der Spiegel, The New Yorker and The Times Literary Supplement. Petina is also an international trade lawyer. She has law degrees from the Universities of Cambridge, Graz and Zimbabwe.

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