Tram 83 (Paperback)

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By Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Roland Glasser (Translator), Alain Mabanckou (Foreword by)
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An indescribably maniacal tale from a blistering new talent out of the Republic of the Congo. Like a postcolonial TROPIC OF CANCER or a free jazz riff on NAKED LUNCH, Fiston Mwanza Mujila portrays a wasteland society drowning in its own greed and perversity. And at the heart of it all: the monolithic nightclub, TRAM 83. Filled with poetry, debauchery, corruption, and lamentations for love sacrificed on the altar of lust, this is an intense, acrobatic feat of prose unlike anything to come before it in either African, French or indeed all of literature. Simply tremendous.

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Some readers will understandably be intimidated by this remarkable debut novel written in an updated form of Old English--a "shadow tongue" conceived by the author. But, for those willing to take the plunge, this is one of the most rewarding and immersive works of historical fiction you'll find. Kingsnorth's linguistic feat makes the 1066 Norman Invasion startlingly immediate and visceral. The tale of Anglo-Saxon resistance fighters is mythic, stark and profoundly moving. Imagine THE ROAD set 1000 years ago, and you'll have some idea of what to expect.

— From December Staff Shelf--Keaton


"An exuberantly dark first novel." -- NPR's Fresh Air w/ Terry Gross

**Nominated for the Man Booker International Prize 2016**

**Winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Debut African Fiction**

Two friends, one a budding writer home from abroad, the other an ambitious racketeer, meet in the most notorious nightclub--Tram 83--in a war-torn city-state in secession, surrounded by profit-seekers of all languages and nationalities. Tram 83 plunges the reader into the modern African gold rush as cynical as it is comic and colorfully exotic, using jazz rhythms to weave a tale of human relationships in a world that has become a global village.

**One of Flavorwire's 33 Must-Read Books for Fall 2015**

Fiston Mwanza Mujila (b. 1981, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo) is a poet, dramatist, and scholar. Tram 83 is his award-winning and much raved-about debut novel that caused a literary sensation when published in France in August 2014.

About the Author

Fiston Mwanza Mujila was born in 1981 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, where he went to a catholic school before studying Literature and Human Sciences at Lubumbashi University. He now lives in Graz, Austria and is pursuing a PHD in Romance Languages. His writing has been awarded with numerous prizes, including the Gold Medal at the 6th Jeux de la Francophonie in Beirut as well as the Best Text for Theater ("Preis fur das beste Stuck," State Theater, Mainz) in 2010. His poems, prose works and plays are reactions to the political turbulence that has come in the wake of the independence of the Congo and its effect on day-to-day life. His texts describe, as he says in one of his poems, a "geography of hunger" hunger for peace, freedom, and bread. His texts have been published in the original French and in translation in many journals and anthologies in several European countries, and he has been performing at readings and festivals since 2002. Tram 83, written in French and published in August 2014 as a lead title of the "rentree litteraire" by Editions Metailie, is his first novel, and has been shortlisted and won numerous literary prizes in France and Austria, a French Voices Prize from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, and has already been translated into eight languages. Roland Glasser, a French to English translator, editor, and writer, studied French and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth University (Wales), Film and Dramatic Arts at the University of Caen (Normandy) and Advanced Theatre Practice at The Central School of Speech and Drama (London). Glasser spent a decade living in Paris, where he developed a successful career in translation, literary editing, and lighting design, while gaining extensive experience as a performer, dramaturg, producer, writer and photographer. Currently based in London, Glasser works with a wide range of international clients and collaborators in translation and theater.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781941920046
ISBN-10: 1941920047
Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing
Publication Date: September 8th, 2015
Pages: 224
Language: English