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The Eternal Audience of One

Rémy Ngamije
Nobody ever makes it to the start of a story, not even the people in it. The most one can do is make some sort of start and then work toward some kind of ending.

 

One might as well start with Séraphin: playlist-maker, nerd-jock hybrid, self-appointed merchant of cool, Rwandan, stifled and living in Namibia. Soon he will leave the confines of his family life for the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, where loyal friends, hormone-saturated parties, adventurous conquests, and race controversies await. More than that, his long-awaited final year in law school promises to deliver a crucial puzzle piece of the Great Plan immigrant: a degree from a prestigious university.

 

But a year is more than the sum of its parts, and en route to the future, the present must be lived through and even the past must be survived in this "hilarious and heartbreaking" (Adam Smyer, author of Knucklehead) intersection of pre- and post-1994 Rwanda, colonial and post-independence Windhoek, Paris and Brussels in the 70s, Nairobi public schools, and the racially charged streets of Cape Town.

 

"Visually striking and beautiful told with youthful energy and hard-won wisdom" (Rabeah Ghaffari, author of To Keep the Sun Alive), The Eternal Audience of One is a lyrical and piquant tale of family, migration, friendship, war, identity, and race that will sweep you off your feet.

 

Rémy Ngamije is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. He is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine, Namibia's first literary magazine. His work has appeared in Litro MagazineAFREADAThe Johannesburg Review of BooksBrainwavezThe AmistadThe Kalahari ReviewAmerican ChordataAzureSultan 's SealSanta Ana River ReviewColumbia JournalNew Contrast, Necessary FictionSilver Pinion, and Lolwe. He was shortlisted for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in 2020. He was also longlisted for the 2020 Afritondo Short Story Prize. In 2019, he was shortlisted for Best Original Fiction by Stack. More of his writing can be read on his website RemytheQuill.com.

 

  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 14, 2022)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1982164433
  • ISBN-13: 9781982164430
  • Item Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 1 x 8.25 inches