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CONGRATULATIONS NOVIOLET ON WINNING THE CAINES PRIZE FOR AFRICAN WRITING

CONGRATULATIONS NOVIOLET ON WINNING THE CAINES PRIZE FOR AFRICAN WRITING

Zimbabwean NoViolet Bulawayo has won the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story "Hitting Budapest."

The story follows a group of six starving Zimbabwean children, one of whom is pregnant at age 10, as they go about fending for themselves.

Speaking at the award-giving dinner at Oxford University, in England, Monday night, Bulawayo expressed her joy at winning the £10,000 ($16,000 US) prize.

"I just want to go home and dance! I'm seriously excited," she said. "The Caine Prize is a big prize and I can't express my happiness enough."

Bulawayo was chosen from 126 submissions by a jury consisting of this year's Commonwealth Writers' Prize winner Aminatta Forna and the Man Booker Prize shortlisted Libyan author Hisham Matar, among others.

"I think writing and other forms of art can definitely push us towards healing because it starts a process of dialogue." - NoViolet Bulawayo

Handing over the prize, Matar explained why Bulawayo was chosen over four other shortlisted writers.

"The language of Hitting Budapest crackles," he said. "Here we encounter Darling, Bastard, Chipo, Godknows, Stina and Sbho, a gang reminiscent of 'Clockwork Orange.' But these are children, poor and violated and hungry. This is a story with moral power and weight (yet) has the artistry to refrain from moral commentary." (more)

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