The Ultimate Tragedy

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4.9 X 0.6 X 7.6 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Abdulai Sila¡ was born in 1958 in Catia, Guinea Bissau. He moved to the capital, Bissau, to complete his school studies and then to Dresden, Germany, to complete a degree in Power Engineering. He currently lives in Bissau and combines telecommunications work with writing. He is the author of four novels, AÀsltima Tragedia, Eterna Paixa£o [Eternal Passion], Mistida [Mixed] and Memarias (Mantic Memories], all of which deal with Bissau-Guinean culture and history.
Jethro Soutar is a translator of Spanish and Portuguese. His translation of By Night The Mountain Burns, by Equatorial Guinean author Juan Toma¡sÁvila Laurel, was shortlisted for the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He has translated Argentinian and Brazilian crime fiction, and the Brazilian graphic novel Picture a Favela by Andre Diniz for SelfMadeHero. In 2014, he co-founded Ragpicker Press and co-edited its debut title, The Football Cranicas, a collection of translated short-form writing from Latin America.


'Abdulai Sila is a great writer. He masters the many tools and techniques he has at his disposal, be they narrative, symbolic or linguistic.' Triplov Magazine
'The Ultimate Tragedy is one of those books you can't put down until you've reached the end' Africa e Africanidades Magazine
'Reading The Ultimate Tragedy is to revisit Guinea Bissau's past as a Portuguese colony and by way of a collective voice, the anonymous narrator not only tells the story, but conveys the mood of black people's experience and thinking.' Via Atlantica Magazine
..".revisits Guinea Bissau's past as a Portuguese colony...conveys the mood of black people's experience and thinking." -- Via Atlantica Magazine