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- Soft Skull Press 2012; US$ 15.95
All human beings, says an African legend, have an animal double. Some doubles are benign, others wicked. This legend comes to life in Alain Mabanckou?s outlandish, surreal, and charmingly nonchalant Memoirs of a Porcupine . When Kibandi, a boy living in a Congolese village, reaches the age of 11, his father takes him out into the night and forces... more...
- Soft Skull Press 2014;
Written on the twentieth anniversary of James Baldwin?s death, Letter to Jimmy is African writer Alain Mabanckou?s ode to his literary hero and an effort to place Baldwin?s life in context within the greater African diaspora. Beginning with a chance encounter with a beggar wandering along a Santa Monica beach—a man whose ragged clothes and unsteady... more...
- Soft Skull Press 2010; US$ 13.95
Alain Mabanckou?s riotous new novel centers on the patrons of a run-down bar in the Congo. In a country that appears to have forgotten the importance of remembering, a former schoolteacher and bar regular nicknamed Broken Glass has been elected to record their stories for posterity. But Broken Glass fails spectacularly at staying out of trouble as... more...
- Indiana University Press 2013; US$ 14.99
This tale of wild adventure reveals the dashed hopes of Africans living between worlds. When Moki returns to his village from France wearing designer clothes and affecting all the manners of a Frenchman, Massala-Massala, who lives the life of a humble peanut farmer after giving up his studies, begins to dream of following in Moki?s footsteps. Together,... more...
- Profile Books 2010; US$ 11.98
The history of Credit Gone West, a squalid Congolese bar, is related by one of its most loyal customers, Broken Glass, who has been commissioned by its owner to set down an account of the characters who frequent it. Broken Glass himself is a disgraced alcoholic school teacher with a love of French language and literature which he has largely failed... more...
- Profile Books 2011; US$ 11.98
Outlandish, surreal and compelling, a murderous porcupine tells all: 'For years I was the double of Kibandi . . . He died the day before yesterday, so here is my confession' All human beings, says an African legend, have an animal double. Some are benign, others wicked. When Kibandi, a boy living in a Congolese... more...
- Profile Books 2012; US$ 11.98
Buttocks Man is down on his uppers. His girlfriend, Original Colour, has cleared out of their Paris studio and run off to the Congo with a vertically challenged drummer known as The Mongrel. She's taken their daughter with her. Meanwhile, a racist neighbour spies on him something wicked, accusing him of 'digging a hole in the Dole'. And his drinking... more...
- Profile Books 2013; US$ 11.98
Michel is ten years old, living in Pointe Noire, Congo, in the 1970s. His mother sells peanuts at the market, his father works at the Victory Palace Hotel, and brings home books left behind by the white guests. Planes cross the sky overhead, and Michel and his friend Lounès dream about the countries where they'll land. While news comes... more...