Nervous Conditions

Tsitsi Dangarembga



Nervous Conditions is a novel by Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga, first published in the United Kingdom in 1988 by the Women's Press. The semi-autobiographical novel focuses on the story of a Rhodesian family in post-colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s. It is the first of a proposed trilogy, with The Book of Not published in 2006 as the second novel in the series. The novel attempts to illustrate the dynamic themes of race, colonialism, and gender during the post-colonial conditions of present-day Zimbabwe. The title is taken from the introduction by Jean-Paul Sartre to Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth.


The persuasive power of Dangarembga's work lies in her ability to embody broad political forces in characters without resorting to types. - Jill Fritz-Piggott, The Women's Review of Books


Tsitsi Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean author and filmmaker.