Carl de Souza presents "Kaya Days," with Jeffrey Zuckerman & Kei Miller

September 28, 2021, 7:30 PM

Carl de Souza joins us for a discussion of his newly translated novel Kaya Days, in conversation with the book's translator, Jeffrey Zuckerman, and Kei Miller. This program will take place on Zoom. Register here:

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In 1999, the Mauritian seggae musician Joseph Réginald Topize, known as Kaya, was arrested for smoking weed while performing. Following his death in police custody days later, the island nation surged in a long-overdue demand for justice. In Kaya Days, the spirit of Mauritius and its many people—Hindu, Muslim, Chinese, Franco-Mauritian, and Creole—is distilled into a young woman’s daylong search for her younger brother, who has gone missing amid the chaos. Among burning cars and buildings, opportunists and revolutionaries, Santee rises into another world: a furious, brilliant one.

Carl de Souza is a writer born and living in Mauritius. He graduated in biology and maths at the University of London before pursuing a career in education at various levels. He has led an intense sports life, mainly in badminton, which is the background of one of his novels. He has published short stories and six novels in France, of which Kaya Days is his first to be translated into English.

Jeffrey Zuckerman lives and works in New York City. After a degree in English at Yale University, he became a translator from French of authors ranging from Ananda Devi and Shenaz Patel to Jean Genet and Hervé Guibert. He has been a finalist for the TA First Translation Prize and the French-American Foundation Translation Prize and has been awarded a PEN/ Heim translation grant and the French Voices Grand Prize.

Kei Miller is a Jamaican poet, essayist, and novelist, shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and winner of the prestigious Forward poetry prize for his collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature and in 2018 he was awarded the Anthony Sabga medal for Arts & Letters. He has taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Royal Holloway and Exeter and, in 2019, he was the Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor to. the University of Iowa.