Zimbabweâ€™s NoViolet Bulawayo has won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africaâ€™s leading literary award, for her short story entitled â€˜Hitting Budapestâ€™, from The Boston Review, Vol 35, no. 6 – Nov/Dec 2010.
The Chair of Judges, award-winning author Hisham Matar, announced NoViolet Bulawayo as the winner of the Â£10,000 prize at a dinner held this evening (Monday 11 July) at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Hisham Matar said: “The language of â€˜Hitting Budapestâ€™ crackles. Here we encounter Darling, Bastard, Chipo, Godknows, Stina and Sbho, a gang reminiscent of Clockwork Orange. But these are children, poor and violated and hungry. This is a story with moral power and weight, it has the artistry to refrain from moral commentary.
Story here: http://www.caineprize.com/pdf/2011_winner.pdf