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Congolese novel longlisted for Man Booker Prize 2016

TOP AUTHOR: Fiston Mwanza Mujila [Photo credit: Hollandse Hoogte]

A MULTIPLE award-winning novel written by a Congolese author is in the running for a prestigious literary award.

Tram 83 by Congolese writer Fiston Mwanza Mujila, translated into English by Roland Glasser, has been longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016.

The book is Mujila’s first novel, originally published in French by Éditions Métailié. The novel has received multiple awards, including the PEN Translates Award 2015, French Voices Award 2014 and the Grand Prix SGDL du Premier Roman 2014 and is shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Fiction.

Tram 83 is one of 13 books selected from 155 entries.

Boyd Tonkin, chair of the judges, said of the longlist: “Our selection highlights the sheer diversity of great fiction today. It also pays tribute to the skill and dedication of the first-rate translators who convey it to English-language readers. “

The shortlist will be announced April 14, followed by the winner announcement on May 16.

Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila
Tourists of all languages and nationalities arrive in an African city in secession. They have only one desire: to make a fortune by exploiting the mineral wealth of the country. They work during the day in mining concession and, as soon as night falls, they go out to get drunk, dance, eat and abandon themselves in Tram 83, the only nightclub of the city, the den of all the outlaws. Lucien, a professional writer, fleeing the exactions and the censorship, finds refuge in the city thanks to Requiem, a friend. Requiem lives mainly on theft and on swindle while Lucien only thinks of writing and living honestly.

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