NoViolet Bulawayo: We Need New Names (2034 words)

Madeleine Wilson (University of New South Wales )
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NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel We Need New Names (2013) is a significant contribution to contemporary African literature in terms of its nuanced portrayal of the migrant experience of its teenager protagonist, Darling, who is sent to America to live with relatives in the hope of a more prosperous life. Bulawayo’s close attention to the experiences of women and girls in Zimbabwe and the United States carves out a space to discuss the specific pressures placed on them both in the postcolony and in the diaspora. We Need New Names won the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and was mentioned on the New York Times Notable …

Citation: Wilson, Madeleine. "We Need New Names". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 November 2016 [, accessed 24 October 2020.]

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