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Alain Mabanckou

Congo (b.1966)

Alain Mabanckou was born in 1966 in the Congo. He currently lives in LA, where he teaches literature at UCLA. One of Africa's major writers, he is the author of six volumes of poetry and six novels. He received the Subsaharan African Literature Prize for Blue-White-Red, and the Prix Renaudot for Memoirs of a Porcupine. He was selected by the French journal Lire as one of the fifty writers to watch out for this coming century.

New and upcoming books
January 2025

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Dealing with the Dead
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Award nominations
2017 International Booker Prize (nominee) : Black Moses

Alain Mabanckou recommends
The Most Secret Memory of Men (2023)
Mohamed Mbougar Sarr
"A powerful book, crossed by an epic breath that celebrates the power of literature."
Small Country (2018)
Gaël Faye
"A very personal and intimate novel about an African childhood cut through by socio-political turbulence… Gaël Faye has evoked the darkest pages of contemporary Africa without tipping into pathos."
Sip (2017)
Brian Allen Carr
"Brian Allen Carr has written a great novel, and Sip will remain engraved in the reader's memory for quite some time."

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