You should judge me by what I write,not by my gender

Novelist Zukiswa Wanner at a literary event. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Literature, despite the fact that a majority of book buyers are women and there are many leading writers who are female, still maintains serious commentary only from men.
  • So if Aminatta Sow-Fall  or Tsitsi Dangarembga are at an event and they do not smile, they are unfriendly and  have a bloated sense of importance. If JM Coetzee or Wole Soyinka does it, they are contemplative and reserved.
  • With the unnecessary investigation, The New York Review of Books may very well have silenced one of the best contemporary writers because she had chosen to make it about her work and not about her. 

True story. Some years ago while I was still staying in Johannesburg, I got a phone call from a stranger. I answered.


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