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Im Herzen des Goldenen Dreiecks | An Elegy for Easterly

In 13 Storys erzählt Petina Gappah von den Menschen in Simbabwe, von ihren Hoffnungen und Ängsten, ihren Träumen, ihrem Lachen und ihrem Weinen: die Witwe eines hohen Staatsbeamten, die an seinem Grab steht und darüber sinniert, wovon sie während seiner Amtszeit Zeugin geworden war; die Hochzeit eines jungen Paares, bei der alle Gäste wissen, dass der Bräutigam Aids hat und auch die Braut daran sterben wird; oder die wohlhabende Frau im Reichenviertel Harares, die nach Johannesburg fliegen muss, um angemessen shoppen gehen zu können.

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A woman in a township is surrounded by dusty children but longs for a baby of her own; an old man finds that his job making coffins at No Matter Funeral Parlour brings unexpected riches; a politician's widow stands quietly by at her husband's funeral as his colleagues bury an empty casket.

Petina Gappah's characters may have ordinary hopes and dreams, but they are living in a world where a loaf of bread costs half a million dollars - a country expected to have only four presidents in a hundred years. In this spirited debut, Gappah evokes the resilience and inventiveness of the people who struggle to live under Robert Mugabe's regime whilst also battling issues common to all people everywhere: failed promises, unfulfilled dreams, and the yearning for something to anchor them to life.

Winner of the Guardian First Book Award, and shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award, this is an unforgettable collection of powerful stories by a stunning young voice from Zimbabwe.