Zimbabwean fiction writer, playwright and Guest Writer in Hannover, Christopher Mlalazi’s critically acclaimed novel Running With Mother has been translated into German, published by Horleman Verlag under the title Wegrennen Mit Mutter, and Italian, published by Terre di Libri and titled La fuga di Rudo verso i monti Phezulu.
First published in 2012, Running with Mother takes point of departure in the atrocities of the genocidal Gukurahundi killings of the 1980s Zimbabwe, still a crime shrouded by the country’s authorities. The story is told from the point of view of 14 year old Rudo who, together with her mother, aunt and cousin, survives the onslaught on her village.
Christopher MLALAZI is a fiction writer, playwright from Zimbabwe and is the author of the novelsMany Rivers (2009) and Running With Mother (2012), which has just been translated and published into German. Running With Mother is also being translated into Italian by the Italian publisher, Terre di libri.
His short story collection Dancing With Life: Tales From the Township (2008) won the Best First Book award at the National Arts Merit Awards. To date Mlalazi has written and has had staged in Zimbabwe eight plays, including the co-written 2008 Oxfam/Novib PEN Freedom of Expression Award winner The Crocodile Of Zambezi, which was banned in Zimbabwe, andElection Day, the National Arts Merits Award winner for Outstanding Theatrical Production in 2010. His poems and stories are online and in print, including in the Caine Prize’s anthology The Obituary Tango (2006) and in The Literary Review.
Mlalazi is currently Guest Writer of the City of Hannover for 2013-2014, where he has just finished writing his next novel, which is going to be published by Weaver Press of Zimbabwe in March 2014. The novel, titled They Are Coming, was long listed for the The Kwani Manuscript Project Awardin Kenya in 2013, which is an award for unpublished manuscripts, before being accepted by Weaver Press.
Mlalazi says he is now researching for his next project, and expects the research to take him up to July, before he will start writing.