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Niq Mhlongo

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Niq Mhlongo at the Etonnants Voyageurs in Congo-Brazzaville

I’m kicking off this year’s literary events with the ‘Etonnants Voyageurs’. This is an International Book Festival to be held in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) from the 13th to the 18th of February 2013. This looks like a great event as writers from the Anglo-phone countries like myself will have an opportunity to share with those coming from the Franco-phone countries. For me, the timing of this event is just perfect. Since my second novel After Tears was translated into French in 2009, my work has been making inroads into the Franco-phone reader communities. This year as well, my short story titled Goliwood Drama, (first appears in anthology called Obituary Tango, Jacana, 2006, also in The Granta Book of the African Short Story, 2011, Penguin Books) was translated into French and appears in the French anthology called L’Afrique qui vient, Hoebeke, 2013. This is great progress from my side as my work is becoming more available in French. My new novel, titled WAY BACK HOME (Kwela Publishers, 2013) will be hitting the shelves in April this year. As I’m writing this, the printers in Cape Town are busy printing thousands of copies just to make sure it reaches your area as well. I’m confident that WAY BACK HOME will be a success as well, reaching thousands of readers like my previous novels (DOG EAT DOG and AFTER TEARS). Some of you already know that both DOG EAT DOG and AFTER TEARS have been reissued in the USA in 2011 and 2012 respectively by Ohio University Press. Swallow Press, as part of its Modern African Writing Series. DOG EAT DOG is also available in both Italian and Spanish, whereas AFTER TEARS, as indicated above, is also in French.
Back to the Etonnants Voyageurs in Brazzaville- it features different performing artists and authors from different parts of the world. From South Africa is myself- (Niq Mhlongo), Andre Brink, Sthembiso Moloi, Byran Little, Prince Mofokeng, Bontle Linda Senne. Other participants are Haddad Hurbert (Tunisia/France), Mabanckou Alain (Republic of Congo/France/USA), Orcel Makenzy (Haiti), Agualusa Jose Eduardo (Portugal), Peterson Pia, Le Men Yvon (France), Sami Tchak (Togo), Saro-Wiwa Noo (Nigeria), Bofane In Koli Jean (DRC/Belgium), Cole T Teju (Nigerian American), Amkoullel (Mali musician), Mark Behr (Tanzania/South Africa), Yahia Belaskri (Algeria), Jean-Marie Robles de Blas (Algeria), Serge Bramly (Tunisia), Noviolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Couao-Zotti Florent (Benin), Diagne Souleymane Bachir (Senegal), Florent De la Tullaye, Diarra Ousmane (Mali), Diop Christiane Yande (Senegal), Emmanuel Dongala (Congo), El Aswany Alaa (Egypt), Abdulrazak Gurnah (Tanzania), Helon Habila (Nigeria), Joris Lieve (Belgium), Kilani Leila (Morocco), Bill Kouelany (Congo Brazza), Michel Le Bris (France), Henry Lopes (Congo), Achille Mbembe (Cameroon), Mbou Mikima Rufin (Congo), Miano Leonora (Cameroon/France), Lydie Moudileno, Janis Otsiemi (Gabon), Prophete Emmelie (Haiti), Sansal Boualeni (Algeria), Sarr Felwine (Senegal), Tchoungui Elizabeth (Cameroon/France), Tejpal Tarun Jit (India), Thiaw Rama (Senegal), Trouillot Lyonel (Haiti), David Van Reybrouck (Belgium), Zephirin Frantz (Haiti), Zongo Michel (Burkina Faso). For more information go to: www.etonnants-voyageurs.com

 

Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    February 8th, 2013 @12:02 #
     
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    Hi Niq - In theory, I'll be there, too. See you in the Congo!

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    February 8th, 2013 @12:16 #
     
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    In theory? So maybe you'll only see Niq in theory too? Sorry Ben, it's Friday :)

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    February 8th, 2013 @15:20 #
     
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    Correct, Colleen: theoretically, I'll see Niq in the Congo next weekend :)

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  • <a href="http://cynthiajele.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Nozizwe Cynthia</a>
    Nozizwe Cynthia
    February 8th, 2013 @21:30 #
     
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    Enjoy friend!

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    February 9th, 2013 @11:53 #
     
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    Enjoy yourselves theoretically and I hope actually too. And do report back to us.

    :)

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