Gappah Petina con Rotten Row
It is just after nine o'clock in the morning. Gidza will die in exactly forty-three minutes and thirteen seconds.
'Rotten Row' is the Criminal Division of Harare, and the courts and the unfortunates who pass through them are the subjects of this mesmerising collection of stories. In these portraits of lives aching for meaning and redemption, Petina Gappah crosses the barriers of class, race, gender and sexual politics in contemporary Zimbabwe, to explore the causes and effects of crime and the nature of justice.
Gappah’s short stories depict contemporary Zimbabwe as a place of both reassuring normality and unnerving extremes. She exposes the venality, criminality and hypocrisy, but always with mordant humour. (Rebecca Rose Financial Times Books of the Year)
Intelligent, witty and incisive. (The Times)
Does for Harare now what Dickens did for Victorian London, with lethal comic relish and rage. (Helen Simpson Observer 'Books of the Year')
Stories that throb with life and meaning. (Stylist)
Gappah’s narratives have a resilient lightness and bounce. (Phil Baker Sunday Times)
Gappah’s writing is intelligent, witty and incisive. (Kate Saunders The Times)
From the Inside Flap
In her accomplished new story collection, Petina Gappah crosses the barriers of class, race, gender and sexual politics in Zimbabwe to explore the causes and effects of crime, and to meditate on the nature of justice. Rotten Row represents a leap in artistry and achievement from the award-winning author of An Elegy for Easterly and The Book of Memory. With compassion and humour, Petina Gappah paints portraits of lives aching for meaning to produce a moving and universal tableau.
Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe. Her debut collection, An Elegy for Easterly, won the Guardian First Book Award in 2009. Her debut novel, The Book of Memory, was published in 2015.