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  • 26 September 2010 -  Göteborg Book Fair

Pojken på andra sidan
The Boy on the Other Side
Zimbabwe skildras i en uppmärksammad debutroman. Zimbabwe is portrayed in an acclaimed debut novel. En kärlekshistoria mellan två unga som växt upp på varsin sida om staketet. A love story between two young people who grew up on opposite sides of the fence.

Möt Irene Sabatini!
Meet Irene Sabatini!

Irene Sabatini berättar om sin roman Pojken på andra sidan, som utspelas i Zimbabwe från åren vid självständigheten fram till idag. Irene Sabatini talks about her novel The Boy on the Other Side, events in Zimbabwe from the years of independence until today.

Irene Sabatini

Romanen Pojken på andra sidan utspelas i Zimbabwe från de oroliga åren vid självständigheten fram till i dag. The novel The Boy on the Other Side played out in Zimbabwe from the troubled years at independence to date. Om makt, kärlek och fördomar. Power, love and prejudice.

  • 25 September 2010 - Göteborg Book Fair

10.00–10.45  -- On the road from Africa

More and more African voices are emerging into the throng of world literature. Some are new writers, while others are unknown to Swedish readers. Who are they? What do they write about? What do they look like?

Come and experience a cavalcade of impressions, with 45 minutes of presentations and readings. The seminar is the ideal shortcut for those who have a growing desire to meet more writers, to gain a deeper knowledge and to pose the question: Why do people talk about African writers? Why aren’t they just called writers? Participants include Kopano Matlwa from South Africa , Ondjaki from Angola , Petina Gappah from Zimbabwe , Tolu Ogunlesi from Nigeria , Irene Sabatinifrom Zimbabwe , and Biyi Bandele from Nigeria .

Moderator: Gunilla Kindstrand, cultural journalist.

15.00–15.45 -- Maaza Mengiste, Irene Sabatini -- Eyes turned homeward

Ethiopian Maaza Mengiste and Irene Sabatini from Zimbabwe are two writers who have left their homelands, but only physically. In their books they have returned. Irene Sabatini lives in Geneva and debuted with The Boy Next Door, a love story which takes place in Zimbabwe from the challenging times of early independence in 1980 until the present day. Maaza Mengiste and Irene Sabatini talk about their books, both published in Swedish translation this year, and about what it feels like to return to your native country in your writing.

Moderator: Görrel Espelund, journalist.

  • 28 August 2010 -  Edinburgh International Book Festival

Stories of Trauma and Hope
in Nigeria and Zimbabwe

Two countries at opposite ends of Africa , once brimming with promise, now find themselves struggling with corruption and hypocrisy.

Kachi A Ozumba’s The Shadow of a Smile is based on real-life courage against a backdrop of Nigerian bureaucracy, while Irene Sabatini’s The Boy Next Door looks at Zimbabwe and its journey from the joy of independence to the chaos today. Both stories share a sense of hope and optimism against the odds.

  • 1 May 2010

   Book Signing
   Geneva International Book Fair

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