WHO: NoViolet Bulawayo
WHAT: Writer; lecturer at Stanford University
WHEN: Born December 10, 1981
WHERE: Born in Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe; currently resides in California
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
We Need New Names: "Follows ten-year-old Zimbabwe native, Darling, as she escapes the closed schools and paramilitary police control of her homeland in search of opportunity and freedom with an aunt in America."
“Because we were not in our country, we could not use our own languages, and so when we spoke our voices came out bruised.” (from We Need New Names)
“The problem with English is this: You usually can't open your mouth and it comes out just like that--first you have to think what you want to say. Then you have to find the words. Then you have to carefully arrange those words in your head. Then you have to say the words quietly to yourself, to make sure you got them okay. And finally, the last step, which is to say the words out loud and have them sound just right. But then because you have to do all this, when you get to the final step, something strange has happened to you and you speak the way a drunk walks. And, because you are speaking like falling, it's as if you are an idiot, when the truth is that it's the language and the whole process that's messed up. And then the problem with those who speak only English is this: they don't know how to listen; they are busy looking at your falling instead of paying attention to what you are saying.” (We Need New Names)