Bio About Rémy Ngamije

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Rémy Ngamije is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. He writes for brainwavez.org, a writing collective based in South Africa. He is the editor-in-chief of Doek!, Namibia’s first literary magazine.

His debut novel The Eternal Audience Of One is available from Blackbird Books.


Praise for The Eternal Audience Of One

“The Eternal Audience Of One is astoundingly good. From the first lines: ‘Windhoek has three temperatures: hot, mosquito, and fucking cold…’ a reader becomes completely immersed in Ngamije’s expansive world. This is a gorgeous, wildly funny and, above all, profoundly moving and humane novel. This book is going to make an impact.”
Peter Orner, author of The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo,Am I Alone Here, and, Esther Stories.

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“Rémy Ngamije is a confident, bold new voice whose broad-canvas, debut novel follows the adventures of its Rwandan-born protagonist Séraphin and a colorful cast of friends and family. The Eternal Audience of One is laugh-out-loud funny with writing that is sometimes so beautiful that it dances off the page—to a millennial beat—in perfect tempo with its tales of migration, love, loss, and friendship. Here is where Michael Chabon meets Elnathan John meets Junot Diaz meets Zadie Smith.”
—Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun.

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“The Eternal Audience of One is as witty as it is incisive, charmingly  capturing the outsider-looking-in experiences of Ngamije’s key characters. A memorable debut to the African literary landscape.”
Zukiswa Wanner, author of The Madams and London Cape Town Joburg.


Excerpts from The Eternal Audience Of One

“Windhoek has three temperatures: hot, mosquito, and fucking cold.” – Available from The Johannesburg Review Of Books.

“I want to go back to Rwanda but I don’t want to go back to be Rwandan.” – Available from Reading List.


Reviews for The Eternal Audience Of One

“…if you’re looking for an intelligent escape-and-rescue literary experience, The Eternal Audience of One is your book. It’s an intricate interrogation of exile, homesickness and the alienation of immigrant lives. It’s also a brilliant postmodern take on how the arts—writing and music in particular—can deliver a troubled mind into gathering and holding all that our senses, by experience, have transmuted into consciousness, which, in a nutshell, is the greater purpose of our lives in this world. In this book, southern Africa has thrown its hat into the millennial fiction ring in a manner that is on par with its international peers. We have in Rémy Ngamije a rising literary star to watch.”
—Mphuthumi Ntabeni, author of The Broken River Tent, for The Johannesburg Review Of Books, October, 2019.


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Rémy can be reached in any of the following ways.

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