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Tram 83 Wins Etisalat’s African Literature Prize!

At last! We’ve been biting our nails for the past three months, and Tram 83 was finally named the winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature on March 19! Tram 83 is the first book not originally written in English even to compete for, much less win, the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction, which is sponsored by Etisalat, Nigeria’s most innovative and fastest growing telecommunications services company. Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel and eight other titles, including Two Dollar Radio’s The Reactive, were longlisted in December after being pulled from a pool of over one hundred nominees. When it was first admitted to the competition, the judging committee said, “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.” Among other prizes, Mujila claims an award of £15,000 ($22,821 USD), a sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia, and an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück. Congratulations to Mujila and translator Roland Glasser, and thank you to Deep Vellum Publishing for bringing this literary wonder to the English-speaking world.

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