Transparent City: Portuguese in Translation Book Club
Transparent City is a July Pick for the Portuguese in Translation Book Club! Join Ondjaki, author of Transparent City (May 15, 2018), and translator Stephen Henighan as they talk translation. The event will take place online over Zoom on Thursday July 21 at 2PM EST / 7PM BST.
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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.
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.” Transparent City won the 2013 José Saramago Prize in Portugal, and, in France, the 2015 Prix Transfuge for Best African Novel and a 2016 Prix Littérature-Monde from the St. Malo World Literature Festival.
Stephen Henighan is the author of eleven books, a columnist for Geist magazine, and a contributor to publications such as The Walrus and The Times Literary Supplement (London). Henighan is well-known across the country in literary, academic and journalism circles and has the beginnings of a popular following.