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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; US$ 14.95
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...
- Fayard 2012; Not Available
Je suis noir, et forcément ça se voit. Du coup les Noirs que je croise à Paris m?appellent « mon frère ». Le sommes nous vraiment ? Qu?ont en commun un Antillais, un Sénégalais, et un Noir né dans le Xème arrondissement, sinon la couleur à laquelle ils se plaignent d?être constamment réduits ? J?oublie évidemment la généalogie qu?ils se sont... more...
- Fayard 2007; Not Available
Né à Harlem en 1924, mort à Saint-Paul de Vence en 1987, noir, bâtard, homosexuel, écrivain, James Baldwin a combattu sans relâche la ségrégation raciale. Mais ce n'est pas à ce titre que l'admire Alain Mabanckou. Dans cette longue lettre qu'il lui adresse post-mortem, il salue en Baldwin l'esprit libre qui refusa, en littérature comme en politique,... 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 2013; US$ 11.98
Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2015 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... more...
- Profile Books 2015; US$ 11.98
Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2015 Alain Mabanckou left Congo in 1989, at the age of twenty-two, not to return until a quarter of a century later. When at last he comes home to Pointe-Noire, a bustling port town on Congo's south-eastern coast, he finds a country that in some ways has changed beyond recognition: the cinema... more...
- Profile Books 2010; US$ 11.98
Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2015 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... more...
- Profile Books 2011; US$ 11.98
Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2015 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... more...