translated from the Spanish by Michael Ugarte
Having achieved professional success in Barcelona at the expense of family life, best friends Montse and Roser are dissatisfied and sexually frustrated. Over Catalan champagne and cognac, the two friends hatch a casual plan to employ one of Barcelona’s many illegal African immigrants as a boy toy. When Montse finds Bambara Keita on a park bench at the Plaza de Cataluña, she know he is the one, and invites him home. The African’s rags-to-riches experience becomes a daily choice between dignity and security, as the two women take turns secretly hosting him at their homes. When the details of their arrangement begin to unravel, Bambara Keita must make a decision that will determine the course of his life.
Inongo-vi-Makomè was born in Lobé-Kribi, Cameroon. Educated in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Spain, he has published over ten novels, essay collections, and oral story collections. He lives in Barcelona, where he contributes to several newspapers and devotes himself to writing and storytelling.
Michael Ugarte is Middlebush Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Missouri. His publications include Madrid 1900: The Capital as Cradle of Culture and Shifting Ground: Spanish Civil War Exile Literatureand a translation of Donato Ndongo’s Shadows of Your Black Memory.
Cover art by Jaya Nicely