NoViolet Bulawayo is the pen name of Elizabeth Zandile Tshele, a Zimbabwe-born author who has been twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize—first, in 2013, with her novel We Need New Names, and more recently in 2022 with Glory, an Animal Farm-like allegory for Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. (“This book drained me,” as she told The Guardian. “I think it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”) Previously Bulawayo won the 2011 Caine Prize for her story ‘Hitting Budapest’, about a starving gang of children in a shanty town.
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The Booker Prize is awarded each year to the best original novel written in the English language. We asked the art historian Neil MacGregor, chair of this year’s judging panel, to talk us through the six novels that made the 2022 shortlist—and why fiction can be a most effective means of engaging us emotionally in social and political crisis elsewhere.