We are excited to share that Mark Polizzotti‘s translation of Kibogo, our latest from the brilliant writer and thinker Scholastique Mukasonga, is a finalist for the 2022 National Book Critics Circle Gregg Barrios Book in Translation Prize! The Prize, introduced this year, celebrates the artistic merit of literature in translation in any genre. Kibogo is a satirical inquiry into Rwanda’s colonial history and the imposition of Catholicism on Rwandan people, exploring unexpected syncretisms and the endurance of tradition in a hillside village. Last fall, Kibogo was also shortlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature. Congratulations again to Scholastique and Mark! You can find the full list of 2022 NBCC finalists here.
Official dogma is no match for the mercurial power of storytelling in Rwandan-French writer Scholastique Mukasonga’s sly new novel Kibogo . . . Mischievous and satirical . . . The stories themselves are furtively retold and altered and added to across time, subsuming even their tellers as they demonstrate a life force and lifespan that mere mortals can’t compete with.