Best Books about Zimbabwe to read before your trip
Becoming Zimbabwe: A History from the Pre-colonial Period to 2008 by Alois Simon Mlambo and Brian Raftopoulos
Written and edited by some of Zimbabwe’s most respected scholars Becoming Zimbabwe covers the history of the country from precolonial to modern times.
The Struggle Continues: 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe by David Coltart
A combination of recent history of Zimbabwe and autobiography by human rights lawyer and former Minister of Education, Arts, Sport and Culture. Having lived in Zimbabwe all his life and being involved in the country’s politics Coltart gives a very personal account of Mugabe’s regime that led to the economic decline of the country.
The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe by Peter Godwin
After nearly three decades of Robert’s Mugabe dictatorship, the opposition finally defeated him in 2008 elections. Desperate to remain in power, the eighty -four-year-old ruler begins to terrorize the citizens. Born in Zimbabwe and passionate about his country, in The Fear Godwin gives an emotional and detailed description of these terrifying events.
Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa by Peter Godwin
Peter Godwin is a Zimbabwean author, journalist and filmmaker. In Mukiwa Godwin describes his privileged childhood in white ruled Rhodesia, his involvement in the Rhodesian Bush War and his return to Zimbabwe as a journalist covering the country’s transition from postcolonial rule.
The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers
Douglas Rogers is a white Zimbabwean journalist and travel writer. The Last Resort is his memoir and a story of his courageous parents, who after Mugabe’s famous land reform, refused to leave Drifters – a famous game park and backpacker’s lodge they owned.
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
A memoir of Alexandra Fuller, who was born in England and moved to then Rhodesia with her family in 1970’s. In Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight she describes her childhood in Africa during the Rhodesian civil war.
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
A novel by African author that focuses on gender inequality and the influence of colonialism in Africa. Set in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in 1960s and 1970’ it tells the story of Tambu, an intelligent and hardworking teenage girl determined to get education and escape life on the family homestead.
The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing
First novel by the Nobel Prize-winner Doris Lessing. The story takes place in Southern Rhodesia during the 1940s. Mary Turner, a successful white woman marries a white farmer and gives up life in town for running a household on his struggling farm. As the years go by, despite Mary’s evident racism, she develops a strange relationship with a native servant named Moses.