Tawanda Marwizi Arts Correspondent
Veteran novelist and playwright Aaron Chiundura Moyoâs passion to tackle burning issues of the day has kept him in the literature industry for many years. The author, who has several books and plays that have bagged several awards, said despite being affected by piracy he would continue following his writing passion.
According to him, they used to enjoy the fruits of their sweat after publishers sold thousands of copies at the end of a year.
That alone kept writers motivated and some would even write more than one book in a year.
The Herald Entertainment caught up with the author of books such as âUchandifungawoâ, âWandibaya Panyamanheteâ and âWakandicheka Nerakagomaraâ that have made him a household name in the literature industry.
Chiundura Moyo said the literature industry cannot be the same as it was heavy affected by piracy.
The talented writer said it was disheartening that books are photocopied and sold on the streets.
âIf you go into a bookshop you can hardly get a book but they are everywhere in the streets making it difficult for some writers who use their own money for the production of the book,â said Chiundura Moyo.
He said it is now easy to write sponsored plays and books than to start your own work with personal resources.
âLiterature is now dead not because we donât have good writers but because of piracy. Itâs not only in music but it has killed our literature,â he said.
Chiundura Moyo said there was need for publishers to team up with authorities to fight piracy.
âWhat makes the situation pathetic is that you see the photocopied books on the streets and these guys shamelessly display them. The best move is for the publishers to engage authorities so that they can fight this evil,â he said.
He said gone are the days when they enjoyed the fruits of their sweat.
âFame in earned by hard work like what most authors have done in Zimbabwe but now these pirates are feeding on our efforts,â he said.
Chiundura Moyoâs last published work was âKereke Inofaâ, a play done in 2012.
He said he is considering having another book published this year.
âIf you contact me after two weeks, I will be able to tell if I will have another book published this year. I will revisit my library,â he said.
Some of the works that have earned the author fame and respect in the industry are âUchandifungawoâ (novel, 1975, Mambo Press), âZiva Kwawakabvaâ (novel, 1976, Longman), âNhamo Ine Nharoâ (novel, 1978, Rhodesia Literature Bureau), âWakandicheka Nerakagomaraâ (novel, 1982, Mambo Press) and âChenga Oseâ (play, 1982, Mambo Press). He also did âKuridza Ngoma Nedemoâ (play, 1983, ZPH), âMatekenyapfungwaâ (quiz book, 1984, Books for Africa), âNguwo Dzouswaâ (novel, 1985, Mambo Press), âYaive Hondoâ (novel, 1985, Mambo Press) and âWandibaya Panyama Nheteâ (play, 1986, Longman)â
Also on the list are publications âNdabvazeraâ (novel, 1992, Mercury Press), âChemera Mudundunduâ (novel, 2002, Priority Publishing), âPane Nyayaâ (play, 2004, Priority Publishing), âThe Other Side of The Riverâ (short story collection, 2012, Lion Press) and Kereke Inofa (play, 2012, Book Love).