Petina Gappah


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Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University, and the University of Zimbabwe. Her short fiction and essays have been published in eight countries. She lives with her son Kush in Geneva, where she works as counsel in an international organisation that provides legal aid on international trade law to developing countries.

Average rating: 3.77 · 3,992 ratings · 653 reviews · 11 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Book of Memory

3.71 avg rating — 2,383 ratings — published 2015 — 23 editions
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An Elegy for Easterly: Stories

3.77 avg rating — 728 ratings — published 2009 — 17 editions
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Rotten Row

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Out of Darkness, Shining Light

3.93 avg rating — 15 ratings — expected publication 2019 — 11 editions
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The Lament of Hester Muponda

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El libro de memory

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One World: A Global Antholo...

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Flash Fiction International...

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A Stranger Among Us: Storie...

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Naar de stad

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"An albino woman on death row at Zimbabwe's Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison writes down her unusual life story in the new novel The Book of Memory." ...More

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“I had never seen so many books gathered in a single space as I saw in that room. I felt less afraid when I thought of all the other people who seemed to have had harder lives than mine. I disappeared completely to occupy the world of whatever book I was reading.”
Petina Gappah, The Book of Memory

“When we talk of fate, when we talk of a fatalistic vision of human experience, what we mean is that the most important forces that shape human lives are out of human control.”
Petina Gappah, The Book of Memory

“There is only one illness that pushes both the well-wheeled and the un-wheeled to seek out the prophet. It is the big disease with the little name, the sickness that no one dies of, the disease whose real name is unspoken, the sickness that speaks its presence through the pink redness of lips, the slipperiness of hair, through the whites of the eyes whiter than nature intended.”
Petina Gappah, An Elegy for Easterly: Stories

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