A Trail of Crab Tracks

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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6.5 X 9.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Patrice Nganang was born in Cameroon and is a novelist, a poet, and an essayist. His novel Dog Days received the Prix Marguerite Yourcenar and the Grand Prix littéraire d'Afrique noire. He is also the author of Mount Pleasant (FSG, 2016) and When the Plums Are Ripe (FSG, 2019). He teaches comparative literature at Stony Brook University.

Amy B. Reid is an award-winning translator who has worked with Patrice Nganang on multiple projects. In addition to A Trail of Crab Tracks, she translated Nganang's novels Dog Days, Mount Pleasant, and When the Plums Are Ripe. Her other translations include Queen Pokou and Far from My Father, both by Véronique Tadjo, and The Blunder by Mutt-Lon. She is a professor of French and Gender Studies at New College of Florida.


A New Yorker Best Book of 2022
A Brittle Paper Notable African Book of 2022

"For Patrice Nganang . . . reimagining a nation has required reimagining the novel. Each work in [his] trilogy takes aim at the intricacies of history through an equally intricate narrative approach: the novels range back and forth across time, weaving real-world figures amid fictional characters, and shifting rapidly among different voices, registers, and languages . . . A Trail of Crab Tracks becomes a singularly complex interrogation of the relationship between thought and action, between writing and the world." --Kristen Roupenian, The New Yorker

"The final novel of [Nganang's] monumental trilogy. . . brings the cycle to a dramatic close . . . Dense and immersive, "Crab Tracks" is also playful, irreverent--a novel of pogroms and resettlement camps but also fancy balls and scandalous affairs." --Anderson Tepper, The New York Times

"Family dynamics and the siren song of a war-torn homeland play out in Nganang's elegant, involving [A Trail of Crab Tracks] . . . The story moves fluidly through time and location, providing juicy juxtapositions. Nganang's genius is in his ability to express the personal and the panoramic with equal artistry. Both intimate and sweeping, this epic brings a satisfying and profound closure to historic events." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A complex . . . story of war and remembrance . . . An effective continuation of Nganang's project to capture his country's history."
--Kirkus Reviews