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Book Title: Butterfly Burning|
The author of the book: Yvonne Vera
ISBN 13: 9781779090164
Format files: PDF
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Date of issue: January 1999
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This new novel is set in township life in the 1940s, its joys and sorrows, freedoms and restrictions, ebullience and disenchantments. It tells of a young woman mysteriously orphaned but with a hidden sense of her own freedom and independence. Her struggle is manifested in her happiness with an older man on the one hand, and on the other, the attractiveness of other experiences. But the closely woven fabric of township life has a tight mesh, and reality is hard.
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Read information about the authorYvonne Vera (September 19, 1964 – April 7, 2005) was an award-winning author from Zimbabwe. Her novels are known for their poetic prose, difficult subject-matter, and their strong women characters, and are firmly rooted in Zimbabwe's difficult past. For these reasons, she has been widely studied and appreciated by those studying postcolonial African literature.
Vera was born in Bulawayo, in what was then Southern Rhodesia, to Jerry Vera and Ericah Gwetai. At the age of eight, she worked as a cotton-picker near Hartley. She attended Mzilikazi High School and then taught English literature at Njube High School, both in Bulawayo. In 1987 she travelled to Canada and she married John Jose, a Canadian whom she had met while he was teaching at Njube. At York University, Toronto, she completed an undergraduate degree, a master's and a PhD, and taught literature.
In 1995, Vera returned to Zimbabwe and in 1997 became director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, a gallery that showcases local talent ranging from that of professional artists to school children. In 2004 she went back to Canada, where she died on April 7, 2005, of AIDS-related meningitis.
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