Two friends, one a budding writer home from abroad, the other an ambitious racketeer, meet in the most notorious nightclub—Tram 83—in a war-torn city-state in secession, 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.

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Critical Consensus: Generally favorable.
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Inspire Afrika

15 Aug 2016
9.0
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. ...
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Deccan Chronicle

23 Jun 2016
8.0
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 ...
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Jayabhattacharjirose.c

02 Jun 2016
9.0
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. ...
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The Skinny

09 May 2016
8.0
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 ...
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The Guardian

06 May 2016
8.0
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”. ...
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The Common

16 Apr 2016
9.0
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 ...

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Published:

September 8, 2015

Publisher:

Deep Vellum Publishing

ISBN:

978-1-941-92004-6

Language:

English

Literary Awards:

BTBA Best Translated Book Award Nominee for Fiction, Longlisted (2016)
Man Booker International Prize Nominee Longlisted (2016)

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