London / NY: Marion Boyars, 1988. First edition. Octavo (8.75 x 5.5 in.); 170pp. + 6pp. advertisements at rear; black textured paper boards, in dust jacket. Light bumping to spine ends and rear board corners, else fine in a near fine jacket with some fading to spine and perimeters of flaps. The prolific Congolese writer's 1983 satirical novel about socio-political dysfunction, winner of the Grand Prix Littéraire d'Afrique Noire. Translated from the French by J. A. Underwood.