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Yvonne Vera

Yvonne Vera (1964-2005) was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and later attended York University in Toronto, gaining her doctorate in English Literature in 1995. Her fiction has won a number of international awards, including the Tucholski Prize from Swedish PEN (2004) and the Macmillan writer's prize for Africa (2002). Her novel Nehanda was short-listed for the Commonwealth Prize (Africa, 1995), and she won the Commonwealth Prize for best novel for Under The Tongue (1997).