Tram 83

Tram 83

Available material: Full translation in English


Tram 83

Author: Fiston Mwanza Mujila

Two friends, one a budding writer home from Europe, the other an ambitious racketeer, meet in the only nightclub, the Tram 83, in a war-torn city-state in se- cession, 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.

Original language

FRENCH | Ed. Metailié

Translation rights

ARABIC | Al Kotobkhan
CATALAN | Edicions del Periscopi
DANISH | Jensen & Dalgaard
DUTCH | De Bezige Bij
ENGLISH (US) | Deep Vellum Publishing
ENGLISH (UK & Ireland) | Jacaranda Books
ENGLISH (ANZ & South East Asia) | Scribe Publishing
ENGLISH (Indian Subcontinent) | SpeakingTiger
GERMAN | Zsolnay und Deuticke / Hanser
GREEK | Kastaniotis
HEBREW | Pardes Publishing
ITALIAN | Edizione Nottetempo
LITHUANIAN | Kitos Knygos
SLOVENIAN | Modrijan
SPANISH | Pepitas de Calabaza
SWEDISH | Rámus Forlaget

2018 Rosegger Literary Prize

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016

Winner of the Etisalat Prize 2015

Longlisted for the Best Translated Book Awards (BTBA) 2016

Winner of the Grand Prix SGDL du Premier Roman (for Debut Novel), 2014

Shortlisted for the Prix du Monde (Le Monde Literary Prize), 2014

Shortlisted for the Prix Wepler-Fondation La Poste, 2014

Literary Prize of the City of Graz, Austria, 2014

Golden Medal in Literature of the VI Jeux de la Francophonie in Beirut

«A real discovery among this season’s novels.” author Alain Mabanckou, Jeune Afrique

«One of the more exciting discoveries of the fall. (…) Frenetic, flamboyant, and intense, there are touches of Hieronymus Bosch. An insolent, globe-trotting Bosch, who would have read Gabriel García Márquez and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.» Le Monde

«Invigorating and astounding, the linguistic creativity of Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s writing paints a vivid picture of an imaginary Africa.”—Le Populaire du Centre “A debut novel with a vertiginous rhythm. Picaresque poetry turned into music by a mix of slam and a series of loops and turns as bewitching as a sustained jazz melody.» Livres Hebdo

«Tram 83 is a high-speed trip, a tragic, burlesque, melancholic, melodic tale.» LIRE

«Watch out for this blazing comet! Tram 83 will sweep you off your feet like a Coltrane number, and never put you down again.» Rolling Stone (France)

«Mujila has invented “locomotive-literature”, and the genre of the “stage-tale”, making his debut novel the manifesto for a convulsive poetic prose, a cross between Aimé Césaire and Boris Vian.» Le Nouvel Observateur

«A novel of mind-blowing, poetic beauty.» Point Magazine

«This debut novel heralds a promising literary career.» Notre Afrik

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