Critic Reviews (21)
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Critical Consensus: Generally favorable.
15 Aug 2016
Diamonds, sex and rock & roll. Well at the very least, jazz, salsa and Congolese rumba, are what comes to mind about the debut novel of the Congolese writer and poet Fiston Mwanza Mujila. Tram 83 is an exhilarating tale of a place and its people.
23 Jun 2016
I think I may once, in my youth, have been to a nightclub in Mumbai a bit like Tram 83, the one in the eponymous book by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, translated from the French by Roland Glasser. It was hot and crowded, the music pounded, there were all sor
02 Jun 2016
Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 is a bold experiment in form, set in an anonymous ‘City-State,’ which unnervingly parallels the Democratic Republic of Congo. These recorded sounds are historical monuments, works of literature, poems, tragedies.
You can forget about the empty savannah, the deep jungle and the native peoples mystically in touch with nature and a purer, simpler past. This is a book about Africa – about Congo – and it’s full of people sweating and mining and drinking and
Three places loom large in Mujila’s award-winning debut, translated by Roland Glasser. The City-State’s train station is a great, gutted metal structure where writer Lucien arrives from the Back-Country, on the run from the “fog of his past”.
After I finished reading Tram 83, the debut novel by Congolese writer Fiston Mwanza Mujila, a quote from journalist Adam Hochschild’s book, King Leopold’s Ghost, haunted me, and I went in search of it. With just a few lines, he laid bare the long