Reading Zimbabwe: A new digital platform featuring 1581 books written by 981 authors published in 114 cities
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A new website called Reading Zimbabwe is working to put together a digital archive of Zimbabwean literature.
The platform, put together by Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Nontsikelelo Mutiti and Corey Tegeler, is a not-for-profit initiative committed to discovering and celebrating Zimbabwean literatures.
Reading Zimbabwe is still in beta mode, but currently features 1581 books written by 981 authors published in 114 cities.
The site is searchable by author or genre, or even cover motif (‘flag’, ‘landscape’, ‘portrait’, etc).
From the website:
How do we read a country? Who gets to tell or write a country’s stories? How do we come to understand a place and its people? It was these questions that provoked us. The way that knowledge is acquired is not innocent or objective. This virtual archive is devoted in trying to demystify ways of thinking about the democratic rhetoric of independent Zimbabwe. Reading is freedom. Especially at a time in which the values of reading and inwardness are so strenuously challenged, reading is freedom.
The team is still adding new entries, and the site is still undergoing testing. Access is open source to individuals and institutions.
The site is currently indexed in English, but an extension to Shona and Ndebele is being considered, according to the creators.