The African Shore by Rodrigo Rey Rosa

The African Shore

byRodrigo Rey RosaTranslated byJeffrey Gray

Paperback | October 22, 2013

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A riveting and highly praised novel by Guatemala’s leading writer of fiction, now in English for the first time

In the vein of the writings of Paul Bowles, Paul Theroux, and V. S. Naipaul, The African Shore marks a major new installment in the genre of dystopic travel fiction. Rodrigo Rey Rosa, prominent in today’s Guatemalan literary world and an author of growing international reputation, presents a tale of alienation, misrecognition, and intrigue set in and around Tangier. He weaves a double narrative involving a Colombian tourist pleasurably stranded in Morocco and a young shepherd who dreams of migrating to Spain and of “riches to come.” At the center of their tale is an owl both treasured and coveted.

The author addresses the anxiety, distrust, and potential for violence that characterize the border of all borders: the strait that divides Africa and Europe, where the waters of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic meet. His often-remarked prose style, at once rich and spare, endows his work with remarkable elegance. Rey Rosa generates a powerful reality within his imagined world, and he maintains a narrative tension to the haunting conclusion, raising small and large questions that linger in the reader’s mind long after the final page.

With an Afterword by Jeffrey Gray

About The Author

Rodrigo Rey Rosa is a prominent member of the Guatemalan literary scene. Many of his works of fiction have been translated and internationally acclaimed, including Dust on Her Tongue, The Beggar’s Knife, and The Pelcari Project, all translated into English by the late Paul Bowles. He lives in Guatemala. Jeffrey Gray is professor of E...
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Title:The African ShoreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.44 inPublished:October 22, 2013Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300196105

ISBN - 13:9780300196108

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Longlisted for the American Literary Translation Association's 2014 National Translation Award.The Shortlist will be announced in October 2014.