Have you ever been under pressure to let the politics of Zimbabwe reflect in or condition your creative process in any way?

Yes the current condition of Zimbabwe has influenced my writing. I am living in economic exile away from my home and this has many effects on me personally, which of course influences my writing. But to answer your question, no, I have not felt directly pressured to write about it, and even if I was I would probably buck it, like Marechera said, “If you’re a writer for a specific nation or a specific race, then f*** you”. A writer must be free to write whatever they want to.

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