Tram 83 (Paperback)

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By Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Roland Glasser (Translator), Alain Mabanckou (Foreword by)
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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.

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