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We Need New Names

A remarkable literary debut–shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize! The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl’s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.

  • Winner of the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature
  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize
  • Winner of the 2014 PEN / Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Legacy Award for fiction

‘To play the country-game, we have to choose a country. Everybody wants to be the USA and Britain and Canada and Australia and Switzerland and them. Nobody wants to be rags of countries like Congo, like Somalia, like Iraq, like Sudan, like Haiti and not even this one we live in – who wants to be a terrible place of hunger and things falling apart?’

Darling and her friends live in a shanty called Paradise, which of course is no such thing. It isn’t all bad, though. There’s mischief and adventure, games of Find bin Laden, stealing guavas, singing Lady Gaga at the tops of their voices.

They dream of the paradises of America, Dubai, Europe, where Madonna and Barack Obama and David Beckham live. For Darling, that dream will come true. But, like the thousands of people all over the world trying to forge new lives far from home, Darling finds this new paradise brings its own set of challenges – for her and also for those she’s left behind.

Weight 199 g
Dimensions 132 × 16 × 204 mm










First Published 

May 21st 2013


NoViolet Bulawayo


Vintage Publishing

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A remarkable literary debut--shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize! The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.