Tinashe Mushakavanhu

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Tinashe Mushakavanhu is a Zimbabwe born writer and editor. He is a creature of archives, always quarrying deep, tracing fragments, mapping historical figures and events; and in the process making new knowledge. He has been a resident fellow at the New Museum, New York; a postdoctoral fellow at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; and Junior Research Fellow in African & Comparative Literature, University of Oxford. His latest book is A Brief History of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022).

His book project, The Stone Philosophers, foregrounds the lives of the black Zimbabwean artists who made stone sculpture famous in the 60s and 70s. For over five decades, they have remained minor characters in their own story. This book is an effort to recover what the established, more linear narratives have left out. It is a process of complicating chronology and perspective.

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