146pp., hardback, d.w., First English Language Edition, London, 2013
Translated from the French by Chris Turner.
Set in an unnamed African nation where people are taken away from their families in the night, sent to plantation penal colonies and worked to the edge of madness. When they return, their lost time is referred to as the 'Time of Annexation'. A young man who has managed to escape this fate meets a bookseller who tells him the truth about the society he lives in.
Togolese novelist and playwright Kossi Efoui's novels include La Polka (1997), La Fabrique de cérémonies (2008) and Solo d'un revenant (2008), which won the Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie.