An Eternity in Tangiers
by Titi Faustin and Eyoum Ngangué
translated from the French by André Naffis-Sahely
Nonfiction Graphic Novel
Release Date: March 14, 2017
An Eternity in Tangiers tells the story of a teenager named Gawa, on his journey to emigrate from his hometown, the imaginary African capital of Gnasville, to Tangiers, where he hopes to escape the economic, political, and social suffering that plague his home country. Ivorian author Titi Faustin and Cameroonian illustrator Nyoum Ngangué tell this contemporary African story from an African perspective, countering the exoticism and stereotypes of classics like Hergé's Tintin in the Congo and offering an intimate account of one of the sociopolitical tragedies of our time.
Titi Faustin was born in Ivory Coast in 1971. He studied painting at the Abengourou Art Centre and has worked for the Nelson McCann Communications Agency. He has contributed to several Ivorian magazines and newspapers. He won the Calao Prize in 1990, the Cocobulles Festival Prize in 1999, and the 2003-2004 Africa e Mediterraneo Award in the "Human Rights" category. He lives in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire.
Eyoum Ngangué was born in Cameroon in 1966. In 1993, he was arrested for his political cartoons and, in 1997, he was freed and emigrated to France, where he now lives in exile. He has written the scripts for many African graphic novels, and has recently written a book of inspiring, positive stories from across the African continent. He lives in Paris, France.
André Naffis-Sahely's writing has appeared in The Nation, The Economist, The Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, The Independent, The White Review and The Chimurenga Chronic. His debut collection of poetry, The Promised Land is forthcoming from Penguin in 2017. His translations include The Physiology of the Employee by Honoré de Balzac (Wakefield Press, 2014), Money by Émile Zola (Alma Classics, 2016), Prime Cuts by Mohamed Nedali (Ohio University Press, 2016) which was awarded a Hemingway Grant, and the Selected Poems of Abdellatif Laâbi (Carcanet Press, 2016), which recently received a 'Writers in Translation' award from English PEN. He lives in Los Angeles, California.