3 Books Published by Deep Vellum Publishing on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about Moonbath by Yanick Lahens Moonbath

by Yanick Lahens
Deep Vellum Publishing (Oct 03, 2017)
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Winner of the 2014 Prix Fémina & 2015 French Voices Award

After she is found washed up on shore, Cétoute Olmène Thérèse, bloody and bruised, recalls the circumstances that led her there. Her voice weaves hauntingly in and out of the narrative, as her story intertwines with those of three generations of women in her family, beginning with Olmène, her grandmother.

Olmène, barely sixteen, catches the eye of the cruel and powerful Tertulien Mésidor, despite the generations-long feud between their families which cast her ancestors into poverty. He promises her shoes, dresses, land, and children who will want for nothing…and five months after moving into her new home, she gives birth to a son. As the family struggles through political and economic turmoil, the narrative shifts between the voices of four women, their lives interwoven with magic and fraught equally with hope and despair, leading to Cétoute’s ultimate, tragic fate.

Click for more detail about The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers by Fouad Laroui The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers

by Fouad Laroui
Deep Vellum Publishing (May 10, 2016)
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"A striking metaphor for our times."—Le FigaroThis long-awaited English-language debut from Morocco’s most prominent contemporary writer won the Prix Gouncourt de Nouvelles, France’s most prestigious literary award, for best story collection. Laroui uses surrealism, laugh-out-loud humor, and profound compassion across a variety of literary styles to highlight the absurdity of the human condition, exploring the realities of life in a world where everything is foreign.Fouad Laroui has published over twenty novels and collections of short stories, poetry, and essays. Laroui teaches econometrics and environmental science at the University of Amsterdam, and lives between Amsterdam, Paris, and Casablanca.

Click for more detail about Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila Tram 83

by Fiston Mwanza Mujila
Deep Vellum Publishing (Sep 08, 2015)
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In an African city in secession land tourists of all languages and nationalities. They have only one desire: to make a fortune by exploiting the mineral wealth of the country. They work during the day in mining concession and, as soon as night falls, they go out to get drunk, dance, eat and abandon themselves in Tram 83, the only night-club of the city, the den of all the outlaws.

Lucien, a professional writer, fleeing the exactions and the censorship, finds refuge in the city thanks to Requiem, a friend. Requiem lives mainly on theft and on swindle while Lucien only thinks of writing and living honestly. Around them gravitate gangsters and young girls, retired or runaway men, profit-seeking tourists and federal agents of a non-existent State.

Tram 83 plunges the reader into the atmosphere of a gold rush as cynical as, it is comic and colourfully exotic. It’s an observation of human relationships in a world that has become a global village, an African-rhapsody novel hammered by rhythms of jazz.

  • Winner of the PEN Translates Award from English PEN in association with Arts Council England, 2015
  • Winner of a French Voices Award from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, 2014
  • Winner of the Grand Prix SGDL du Premier Roman (for Debut Novel), 2014
  • Shortlisted for the Prix du Monde (Le Monde Literary Prize), 2014
  • Shortlisted for the Prix Wepler-Fondation La Poste, 2014
  • Literary Prize of the City of Graz, Austria, 2014
  • Golden Medal in Literature of the VI Jeux de la Francophonie in Beirut

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