The novel "Dirty feet" ("Les pieds sales" in its original French) is written by a Quebec-based author, born in Togo. Edem Awumey's novel was a finalist for one of the highest literary awards in France, le Prix Goncourt. Now it's available in an English translation by GG award-winning translator, Lazer Lederhendler.
It's the story of a young man who leaves his native African village to look for his father. The father left years earlier, likely for Paris. The dirty feet in the title are the feet of the millions of people who - like him -wander the earth, looking for a place to settle. The novel questions our impulse to uproot ourselves and travel, whether for economic reasons or some sort of personal quest.
Lazer Lederhendler spoke to Jeanette Kelly about re-creating Awumey's novel in English.