Rémy Ngamije with Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Joining us from afar - Windhoek, Namibia - and not so afar, as Zoom has its virtually intimate ways, is Namibian writer and photographer Rémy Ngamije with his sweeping, captivating debut novel, The Eternal Audience of One (Scout Press).
“At once a millennial caper and a loving homage to all that is lost in exile, The Eternal Audience of One is nothing short of brilliant. The humor in this stunning novel will keep you glued, but it is the wisdom – elegiac and mature -- that will keep you mesmerized. Take note world: Rémy Ngamije is that electrifying voice you have been waiting for.” —Maaza Mengiste.
“No writing convention is safe in Rémy’s hands, not time, not form, not where a story begins or ends because to tell the story of an idiosyncratic yet strangely coherent and cosmopolitan Africa; where anything can happen, he has to reshape writing itself. And he does so with love, beauty and humor. Reader, please meet the future of African Literature!”—Mukoma Wa Ngugi.
“The Eternal Audience of One is laugh-out-loud funny with writing that is sometimes so beautiful that it dances off the page—to a millennial beat—in perfect tempo with its tales of migration, love, loss, and friendship.” —Sarah Ladipo Manyika.
Sarah Ladipo Manyika will get to elaborate even more on those comments as she, author most recently of the excellent novel Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, will join Rémy Ngamije in conversation for this midday (our time) program. Sarah Ladipo Manyika has been highly supportive of other writers, such as here, and also in larger literary support, including serving on Hedgebrook’s board of directors.
And to note, re Rémy Ngamije: he is cofounder and editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine, Namibia’s first literary magazine.