Tram 83, written by the Congolese-born Fiston Mwanza Mujila and translated from French by Roland Glasser, is one of 13 books (culled from an original list of 155 prospective titles) in the running for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize; it comes with a $50,000 award. Quite a score for Will Evans and his Deep Vellum Publishing, which released the set-in-Africa novel last fall.
Should you read it? Oh, yes. Definitely. But don’t take my word for it. “Evoking everyone from Brueghel to Henry Miller to Celine, Fiston plunges us into a world so anarchic it would leave even Ted Cruz begging for more government,” John Powers said on Fresh Air.Read More