We Can’t Eat Books


Zimbabwe was once the publishing capital of southern Africa. It used to host the best book fair in Africa. But years of neglect, as with Zimbabwe itself, [have revived the saying]: ‘We cannot eat books.’ With few visitors and even fewer sales, neither can the publishers.

AfricaFocus, December 12, 2006.

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