The English language rights for Rémy Ngamije’s The Eternal Audience of One have been acquired by Scout Press, an imprint of Simon and Schuster in the United States. The acquisition was officially made public on June 17, 2020.
The Eternal Audience of One, the debut novel by Rwanda-born Namibian Rémy Ngamije, follows the life of Seraphin Turihamwe, a young man whose life is characterised by movement. After leaving Rwanda under duress and never feeling at rest in Namibia, which he believes is slow and boring, he finds himself fighting to fit in in Cape Town. So much about the city is designed to push people like him out. Through his interactions with a few reluctant mentors, loyal friends, and the women he carries on relationships with, he explores and performs different parts of his identity while dealing with other issues of family, race, immigrant life and love.
The book was initially published by the Thabiso Mahlape founded and led Blackbird Books in 2019.
Speaking about the acquisition Ngamije said ‘I am thrilled to be able to share this story with the wider world. Being a Blackbird author has been an enriching experience. It has driven home the importance of African writers being discovered by African publishers. Without Thabiso Mahlape’s vision, determination, and energy this milestone would not have been reached.”
Rémy Ngamije is on the shortlist for the Caine Prize for African Writing for 2020.