Tropic of Violence
By Nathacha Appanah
Nathacha Appanah returns with a powerful, beautiful novel about lost youth on a far-flung, forgotten island
Marie, a nurse on the island of Mayotte, adopts an abandoned baby and names him Moïse, raising him as a French boy. As he grows up, Moïse struggles with his status as an "outsider" and to understand why he was abandoned as a baby. When Marie dies, he is left alone, plunged into uncertainty and turmoil, ending up in the largest and most infamous slum on Mayotte, nicknamed "Gaza".
Narrated by five different characters, Tropic of Violence is an exploration of lost youth on the French island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean. Shining a powerful light on problems of violence, immigration, identity, deprivation and isolation on this island that became a French département in 2011, it is a remarkable, unsettling new novel that draws on the author's own observations from her time on Mayotte.
Nathacha Appanah, was born in Mauritius in 1973. She was brought up there and worked as a journalist before moving to France in 1998. The Last Brother, her first novel to be translated into English, was awarded the FNAC Fiction Prize in 2007 in its French edition. Tropic of Violence was winner of the Prix Femina des Lyceens in 2016, as well as seven other French literary awards.
- Other details
- Publication date:
18 Oct 2018
- Page count:
A masterpiece — François Busnel, La Grande Librairie
This hard, harsh story will wring out your heart with its otherworldly poetry — Xavier Houssin, Elle
In the magnificent Tropic of Violence, Nathacha Appanah gives us a terrifying portrait of Mayotte — Julien Bisson, Lire
A brief, beautiful, brutal portrait of this tiny island in the Indian Ocean — Gladys Marivat, Le Monde
The strength and the elegance of this novel will take your breath away — Marianne Payot, L'Express
The hell of Mayotte finds its redemption in the novel's restrained, imaginative use of language — Claire Devarrieux, Libération