Author(s): Jakob Ejersbo
Exile laid bare the lives of listless teenage expats in Tanzania; Revolution shifts the focus to the African and Indian Tanzanians they live among...Moses, a worker in a lethal Tanzanite mine, who risks it all every day in the hope of striking it rich; Rachel, who leaves the countryside to make a living, but finds herself in a city where everyone sees her as a whore in waiting; Shakila, who manages to escape to the States, but not from racial prejudice. This is their reality - drowning in corruption, the need to graft and scrap, selling their morals and their bodies as needs be. The Africa Trilogy is at once epic and minutely human, because Ejersbo never fails to show compassion for his characters: however corrupted or morally blemished they may become, they are worth a better life.
Jakob Ejersbo made his literary breakthough with Nordkraft, a searingly realistic novel that changed the face of Danish literature. From 1974-7 and 1983-4 he lived in Moshi in Tanzania. He died in 2008 and did not live to see the publication of The Africa Trilogy. Mette Petersen's previous translations include My Friend Jesus Christ by Lars Husum and Exile, the first of Ejersbo's trilogy.