The Hamburger That Killed Jorge
translated by Alex Macbeth Ethale Publishing/bahati Books
Mélio Tinga’s eponymous short story, ‘The Hamburger That Killed Jorge’, is part of this debut anthology of Mozambican crime stories by emerging voices experimenting with the crime narrative. Jorge, an adorable and quirky stickler for daily routines and his customary lunch of fish and tomato hamburger, witnesses an argument between two men. The commotion suddenly takes a fatal turn, ending in a brutal murder. Jorge’s life now hangs in the balance as the perpetrator of this dreadful crime seeks to silence him. In Alex Macbeth’s translation from Portuguese into English the language colourfully maintains its distinctive tone and vibrant prose. The narrative elegantly pulsates with verve and fast-paced action, and the author’s humorous tone and simplicity of expression brings to the dark genre of crime fiction a sparkle of human warmth. With its 14 companion stories drawn from 60 submissions, The Hamburger That Killed Jorge is truly a welcome contribution to the growing genre of urban noir.