Transparent City

Transparent City

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Overview

NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARD

A VANITY FAIR HOT TYPE BOOK FOR APRIL 2018

A VULTURE MUST-READ TRANSLATED BOOK FROM THE PAST 5 YEARS

A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2018

A LIT HUB FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR

A WORLD LITERATURE TODAY NOTABLE TRANSLATION OF 2018

In a crumbling apartment block in the Angolan city of Luanda, families work, laugh, scheme, and get by. In the middle of it all is the melancholic Odonato, nostalgic for the country of his youth and searching for his lost son. As his hope drains away and as the city outside his doors changes beyond all recognition, Odonato’s flesh becomes transparent and his body increasingly weightless. A captivating blend of magical realism, scathing political satire, tender comedy, and literary experimentation, Transparent City offers a gripping and joyful portrait of urban Africa quite unlike any before yet published in English, and places Ondjaki, indisputably, among the continent’s most accomplished writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771961431
Publisher: Biblioasis
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Series: Biblioasis International Translation Series , #22
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ondjaki was born in Luanda, Angola in 1977. He is the author of five novels, four short-story collections, and numerous books of poems and stories for children. He has also made a documentary film, May Cherries Grow, about his native city. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.


In 2008 Ondjaki was awarded the Grinzane for Africa Prize in the category of Best Young Writer. In 2012 The Guardian named him one of its “Top Five African Writers.” Transpar-ent City won the 2013 José Saramago Prize in Portugal, and, in France, the 2015 Prix Trans-fuge for Best African Novel and a 2016 Prix Littérature-Monde from the St. Malo World Literature Festival.

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