Freitag, 27. Januar 2017
Abschied von Buchi Emecheta
Bernardine Evaristo verfasste für The Guardian den Nachruf auf Buchi Emecheta.
“Her friend and publisher Margaret Busby paid tribute to her pioneering fiction, which explored sexual and racial politics in the Britain of the 1960s and 70s. “Given the odds she had to overcome, it was a triumph that she produced the powerful writing for which she will be remembered,” Busby said.[…]
Born in Lagos in 1944, Emecheta moved to England in 1960 with her husband Sylvester Onwordi, to whom she had been engaged from the age of 11. Her 1974 autobiographical novel Second Class Citizen described their unhappy and sometimes violent marriage, which included his burning manuscripts of her work. At the age of 22, Emecheta left her husband and worked to support herself and five children. During this time, she completed a sociology degree at the University of London and contributed a column to the New Statesman about black British life. The columns formed the basis of her 1972 book Into the Ditch.[…]”
Mit ihrem Roman The Joys of Motherhood (Alison and Busby, London 1979, dt. Zwanzig Säcke Muschelgeld, Übers. Helmi Martini-Honus u. Jürgen Martine, Unionsverlag TB, Zürich 1983/2002, vergriffen) wurde sie in die Liste Afrikas 100 Beste Bücher des 20. Jahrhunderts gewählt.