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Writings from Indonesia, South Africa, Congo in new book series

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2016,15:30 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Works by authors from Indonesia, South Africa, Congo are among a new ‘International Fiction’ series launched by Speaking Tiger, a relatively new publishing house. The new series promises some of the best in contemporary writing from around the world, written either originally in English or in English translation.

Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan’s Beauty Is a Wound, translated from Bahasa into English by Annie Tucker is among the first titles in the series that kicks off this month, the publisher said in a statement. Rights to the novel described as ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude kicked into another gear’ have been sold in 27 countries and its author has been hailed as a literary child of Gunter Grass, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Salman Rushdie. Published late last year in the US and UK, it quickly made its way to several prestigious lists, including The Guardian’s The Year’s Best Literary Fiction, the New York Times Notable Books of 2015 and Oprah Winfrey’s Best Reads of 2015.

Following Kurniawan this month is South African writer Imraan Coovadia’s new novel, ‘Tales of the Metric System’, publishers said. Part political thriller, part family drama, part historical and human rights drama, the book compiles the story of modern South Africa in 10 chapters that describe 10 days spread over four decades, from 1970 to 2010.

In April we will publish Tram 83, the sensational debut novel by Congolese writer Fiston Mwanza Mujila, translated from the French by Roland Glasser, publishers said.  Set in a night club in an unnamed Congolese mining town, Tram 83 follows a poet, Lucien, and his escapades with a cast of writers, drunkards, drug dealers, sex workers and dreamers. Mujila’s novel has been described as an exuberantly dark tale that delights in absurdities and extracts epic poetry from violence, despair and distraction.