The Mupandawana Dancing Champion

Fiction Petina Gappah

When the prices of everything went up ninety-seven times in one year, M’dhara Vitalis Mukaro came out of retirement to make the coffins in which we buried our dead. In a space of only six months, he became famous twice over, as the best coffin maker in the district and as the Mupandawana Dancing  [...]

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Issue 08

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08

Spring 2009

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​Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer whose work has appeared in Prospect, The Zimbabwe Times, and the website of Granta. She has law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University, and the University of Zimbabwe and works in Geneva as an international trade lawyer. The story in this issue will appear in her debut short story collection, An Elegy for Easterly, which will be published this summer by Faber and Faber, Inc., an affiliate of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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