Is Fiston Mwanza Mujila going to win the Etisalat Prize for Literature?
The Etisalat Prize for Literature continues to show its quality as for the third time, a book on its list has made it into the longlist of one the world’s most prestigious literary prizes, The Man Booker. The book? Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83.
Set in a bar in an unnamed Congolese mining town, Tram 83 follows poet Lucien and his escapades with a cast of writers, drunkards, drug dealers and dreamers.
Published in English by Jacaranda Press and translated by Roland Glasser, Mujila’s novel has been described by the Rumpus as a tale that “delights in absurdities” and extracts “epic poetry from violence, despair and distraction”.
In 2013, We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo won the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature. It also made it to Man Booker Prize shortlist for the same year.
In 2015, Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker while on the longlist for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature.
Now, Tram 83 has been longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, while on the Etisalat Prize for Literature shortlist. What will be its fate? We’ll find out on March 19th when the winner of the Etisalat Prize will be announced.