The Internationaler Literaturpreis Award, known in English as the International Literature Award, is a prize for “international prose translated into German language, for the first time.” And Congo Author, Fiston Mwanza Mujila has won the price for the German translation of his novel, Tram 83.
The Award is held annually by Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the foundation Elementarteilchen,
As winner, Mujila will be taking home 20,000 euros. Katharina Meyer and Lena Müller, will be awarded 15,000 euros for translating the book from French to German.
Tram 83, according to Professor Ato Quayson, is what can be referred to as an “improvisational jazz rhythms.” The book has been widely praised as a masterpiece of high art.
Here is a description of the book on Okadabooks:
Two friends, one a budding writer home from abroad, the other an ambitious racketeer, meet in the most notorious nightclub—Tram 83—in a war-torn city-state in secession, surrounded by profit-seekers of all languages and nationalities. Tram 83 plunges the reader into the modern African gold rush as cynical as it is comic and colorfully exotic, using jazz rhythms to weave a tale of human relationships in a world that has become a global village.
You can get a copy of the book [here]( it. http://okadabooks.com/book/about/tram_83_50_off/10581). You won't regret reading it.
The award ceremony is slated to hold in Berlin on the 6th of July, 2017.