Winner of the 2015 Prix Littéraire de la Porte Dorée
Winner of the 2014 Prix Georges Brassens
Guinea-Bissau, 2012. Sylvain Prudhomme re-imagines the famous ’70s music group Super Mama Djombo, as seen through the eyes of Couto, the laconic guitarist. After learning of the death of the singer, Dulce—once the love of his life—Couto wanders through the capital city, from bar to bar, friend to friend. Thirty years file past in his memories: of the woman he loved, of guerillas fighting against Portuguese colonizers, and of the golden days of a legendary band that played all over the world with a sound that was new, fresh, and driven by the pride of an
The tension mounts as the group frantically prepares a final concert in Dulce’s honour, which must take place in just 24 hours. Little do they know, a coup d’ état is about to take place, executed by Dulce’s husband, Guinea-Bissau’s Army Chief of Staff.
Sylvain Prudhomme’s The Greats, translated by award-winning wordsmith Jessica Moore, is a novel of mourning, love, and the thirst for justice that tells the story of a population who knew hope and independence but now live under the oppressive rule of an army dictatorship.
Praise for The Greats:
"The chronicle of a success story, a story of love and friendship set against the backdrop of a coup d'état, The Greats is also a beautifully written book. Vibrant and smooth, each line pulls us into an avalanche of sensations, of carnal notes where the 'descending tone' of creole words are scattered like pearls.... A sumptuous stroll through an Africa on the verge of a rebirth." --Les Inrockuptibles
"A magnificent ode to music, love, and friendship.... This book will change you." —Lire
"It's a coup. A wild success." —l'Express
"One of the most poetic texts of the new literary season." —Des livres
"Languorous and taut, Les grands is full of swing and style.... Readers will savour each note." —Livres hebdo
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