Coming February 2018
In a crumbling apartment block in Luanda, Angola, impoverished families hoard memories to survive a corrupt regime. Odonato—nostalgic for the days of socialism—searches for his son whose life as a petty criminal he laments. As his hope drains away, Odonato’s flesh becomes transparent and his body increasingly weightless. Slow Red confirms Ondjaki as one of Africa’s major writers.
Praise for Ondjaki
“Ondjaki delivers playful magical realism with delightful defiance.” —The Barnes & Noble Review
“As with Ondjaki’s other novels—including Bom dis camaradas (2001; Good Morning Comrades) and Os Transparentes (2012)—this is a strangely deceptive read. Although the narrative often feels rather whimsical, Angola’s long history of colonialism and conflict, its various foreign allies and enemies, and the extraordinary suffering of its population, are menacingly present . . . a brave and highly political work.” —Times Literary Supplement