TROPIC OF VIOLENCE

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Nathacha Appanah

Translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan

Trade paperback - 210x138 - 160pp - £11.99 - 18/10/2018 - 9780857057730

Marie, a nurse on the island of Mayotte, adopts a baby abandoned by refugees and names him Moïse. But when Marie dies, Moïse is left completely alone, plunged into uncertainty and turmoil, set on a collision course with the gangs of the largest and most infamous slum on Mayotte: Gaza.

On an island paradise on the edge of chaos, a small choir of narrators takes up this story of lost youth in the middle of the Indian Ocean. From Bruce the terrifying gang leader, to Olivier the police officer fighting a helpless battle and Stéphane the naïve aid worker, Tropic of Violence shines a powerful light on the violence, deprivation and isolation that tears apart this island, largely unnoticed by metropolitan France. A remarkable, unsettling new novel from one of the most exciting voices in world literature today.

This hard, harsh story will wring out your heart with its otherworldly poetry
— XAVIER HOUSSIN, Elle
The strength and the elegance of this novel will take your breath away
— MARIANNE PAYOT, Express
A brief, beautiful, brutal portrait of this tiny island in the Indian Ocean
— GLADYS MARIVAT, Le Monde
In the magnificent Tropic of Violence, Nathacha Appanah gives us a terrifying portrait of Mayotte
— JULIEN BISSON, Lire
The hell of Mayotte finds its redemption in the novel’s restrained, imaginative use of language
— CLAIRE DEVARRIEUX, Libération
A masterpiece
— FRANCOIS BUSNEL, La Grande Librairie
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