International Fiction: Summer’s in High Gear and So Are the Cities

By Anderson Tepper

THE ETERNAL AUDIENCE OF ONE
By Rémy Ngamije
376 pp. Scout Press. $28.

Séraphin Turihamwe, the sharp-witted protagonist of Ngamije’s debut novel, “The Eternal Audience of One,” is bursting with teen angst when we first meet him in hot and dusty Windhoek, Namibia. The son of Rwandan exiles, he feels doubly alienated, desperate to lose his virginity — there’s a comically failed attempt — and escape his humdrum life in this culturally barren land. “By the time Séraphin reached university, he was determined to be a citizen of the world,” Ngamije writes. “His heart was a library of longings, his mind a hive of buzzing trivia.”

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