|From The Publisher*|
A gripping portrait of contemporary urban Africa-by turns magic realist, deeply emotional, and savagely satirical. In a crumbling apartment block in Luanda, impoverished families hoard memories to survive a corrupt regime. Odonato-nostalgic for the days of socialism-searches for his son, a petty criminal. As his hope drains away, Odonato's flesh becomes transparent and his body increasingly weightless. A captivating blend of magical realism, scathing political satire, and literary experimentation, Slow Red confirms Ondjaki as one of Africa's major writers.
|Review Quote*||"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 "Remarkable . . . at once a coming-of-age novel, rousing adventure, and lyrical experiment. . . . It is no surprise that this energetic and endearing novel is the work of a writer of such stunning accomplishment as Ondjaki. . . . The result is ebullient, cinematic, and downright magical." -Words Without Borders|
|Biographical Note||Ondjaki was born in Angola in 1977. He studied sociology in Lisbon and attended film school in New York. He is the author of three novels and three short story collections, in addition to two collections of poems and a book for children. Ondjaki's novels and stories have been translated into English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. His novels Good Morning Comrades and Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secret were published in English in North America by Biblioasis. He lives in Luanda and has made a documentary film about his native city. Stephen Henighan's books include Lost Province: Adventures in a Moldovan Family, A Grave in the Air, The Streets of Winter and A Report on the Afterlife of Culture. A nominee for the Governor General of Canada's Literary Award, he teaches at the University of Guelph, Ontario.|