By Lupita Peimbert.
Poet and writer Fiston Mwanza Mujila presents his first novel “Tram 83” today at Litquake in San Francisco; although a fictional story set in a miner’s town anywhere in Africa, Tram 83 may make the reader think of the often harsh, complex life at the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In a nutshell, Tram 83 is about two friends: Lucien and Requiem, a shady bar, its surroundings, and a myriad of people representing vice and virtue. “It is a timely topic, and a universal message for the reader to interpret and imagine,” Fiston said during a brief interview at the French Consulate in San Francisco Friday.
The author is 34 years old and was born in the city of Lubumbashi, Congo (DRC). His work has been described as a reaction to his country’s political turbulences and the effects upon ordinary life. Fiston currently lives in Austria, this is his first visit to the United States.
Originally written in French, Tram 83 has received several awards. It was translated to English by Roland Glasser, and it is expected to have a favorable reaction in America.
Come meet and hear Fiston Mwanza Mujila, accompanied by English translator Roland Glasser today. Here is the info:
Saturday, October 10, 2015 – 7:30 PM
Green Apple Books on the Park
1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
San Francisco. Cost: Free
Litquake is the literary event that brings authors, poets, and journalists to the San Francisco Bay Area giving everybody a chance to hear good stories and be immersed in literature-in-community every year for a week.
Lupita Peimbert is a bilingual blogger and storyteller who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.