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Coming soon from Modjaji Books: La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono

We’ve been quiet the past while, but we’re back with a thrilling new release: La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono and translated by Lawrence Schimel.

The first novel by an Equatorial Guinean woman to be translated into English, La Bastarda is the story of the orphaned teen Okomo, who lives under the watchful eye of her grandmother and dreams of finding her father.

Forbidden from seeking him out, she enlists the help of other village outcasts: her gay uncle and a gang of “mysterious” girls reveling in their so-called indecency.

Drawn into their illicit trysts, Okomo finds herself falling in love with their leader and rebelling against the rigid norms of Fang culture.

La Bastarda was originally published in Spanish by Flores Raras and was banned in Equatorial Guinea. The American version was brought out by The Feminist Press.

We’re delighted to get to bring you the southern African version of La Bastarda and can’t wait for you to read it. Pre-orders open now!

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