“A moving mural of lives in the underclass of Luanda.” -The GuardianIn a crumbling apartment block in the Angolan city of Luanda, families work, laugh, scheme, and get by.
In the middle of it all is the melancholic Odonato, nostalgic for the country of his youth and searching for his lost son.
As his hope drains away and the city outside his doors changes beyond all recognition, Odonato’s flesh becomes transparent and his body increasingly weightless. Alongside, disparate stories are woven into the narrative, spanning from the tragic to the comic, from the surreal to the every-day, culminating into a depiction of near-future Luanda.
A captivating blend of magical realism, scathing political satire, tender comedy, and literary experimentation, Transparent City offers a gripping and joyful portrait of urban Africa quite unlike any before yet published in English, and places Ondjaki among the continent’s most accomplished writers. NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARDA VANITY FAIR HOT TYPE BOOK FOR APRIL 2018A VULTURE MUST-READ TRANSLATED BOOKA LIT HUB FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEARA WORLD LITERATURE TODAY NOTABLE TRANSLATION OF 2018