AmazonCrossing is their new publishing venture specializing in translated fiction. Here’s the description from Amazon:
Tierno Monenembo’s The King of Kahel was originally published in France in 2008 and was the winner of the French literary prize, the prix Renaudot, which is awarded to the author of an outstanding original novel. Loosely based on the life of Olivier de Sanderval, a man who journeyed to Guinea to build an empire by conquering the hostile region of Fouta Djallon, the book exposes how Sanderval braves all dangers to build a railway that will bring modern civilization to Africa.
Also at the link above you will find an interview with the translator, Nicholas Elliott. It will be available on the Kindle on November 2. The print list price is $13.99, the “digital list price” is $9.99 and the Kindle price is $7.99. I just pushed the button to pre-order it for my Kindle.
One of the really fun things about the Kindle is the ability to pre-order books. It’s a nice little fillip to the day to have a book you’ve completely forgotten about just show up when you wake up in the morning!