The House of Hunger (Dambudzo Marechera)

Zimbabwe / 1978

This is the 3rd Zimbabwean book we've featured. Previously, we've featured The Book of Memory (Petina Gappah) and We Need New Names (NoViolet Bulawayo). The House of Hunger one is the oldest Zimbabwean books ever published, and it's actually a short story collection that won quite a few awards when it was published. Apparently, Marechera was a pretty eccentric person, and this book reflects that in a pretty shocking way. It's about his own brutal childhood in a township in then-Rhodesia and then his life as an exile in England.