Chenjerai Hove was born in a rural area of Southern Zimbabwe, and his writing has, from the very beginnings, been able to convey the hardship and beauty of peasant life in Southern Africa. Hove has, however, also recorded a sense of horror and outrage caused by the historical suffering of rural Zimbabweans, especially the most vulnerable among them – the women and the children. He held a degree in English and Education from the University of Zimbabwe; after working as a secondary school teacher and a literary editor for a number of years, he served as a Writer-in-Residence and Visiting Professor at several institutions of higher learning in Africa and in the West. He is perhaps best known for his poetic novel


, which won the Zimbabwe Publishers' Association First Prize for…

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Citation: Primorac, Ranka. "Chenjerai Hove". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 January 2005; last revised 22 July 2022. [, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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