In collaboration with Catalan PEN, Shahrazad has published a book containing three texts by Zimbabwean author Chenjerai Hove. The texts are available in Spanish, French, Catalan and English, and illustrate Hove’s insight, humour, love and nostalgia for his homeland.
Letter to my mother was read at the Gobal Forum on Freedom of Expression in Oslo in 2009, The power of writing is a speech given by Hove at the ICORN General Assembly in Barcelona in 2009, while Identity is a previously unpublished poem read at the opening of the ICORN founding meeting in Stavanger, 2006.
Hove’s severe criticism of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe forced him into exile in 2001. He has since been living in France, Norway and lastly the United States as part of the Miami City of Refuge programme run by Florida Center for the Literary Arts.
Hove writes in English and Bantu language Shona, used by the Shona people of Zimbabwe and southern Zambia. He achieved international recognition by winning the the prestigious Noma Award for Publishing in Africa in 1989 with his first novel in English, Bones.
All texts can be read in all four languages via the Catalan PEN website.