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Alain Mabanckou

Congolese writer

1966   -  

country of citizenship: Republic of the Congo, France
native language: French
language of expression: French
educated at: Paris Dauphine University, University of Nantes, Paris 12 Val de Marne University, Marien Ngouabi University
occupation: writer, poet, university teacher, poet lawyer, children's writer
award received: Knight of the Legion of Honour, Prix Renaudot, Prix RFO du livre, Grand prix littéraire d'Afrique noire, Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie, Grand Prix de Littérature Henri Gal, Prince Pierre Award
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Alain Mabanckou (born 24 February 1966) is a novelist, journalist, poet, and academic, a French citizen born in the Republic of the Congo, he is currently a Professor of Literature at UCLA. He is best known for his novels and non-fiction writing depicting the experience of contemporary Africa and the African diaspora in France. He is among the best known and most successful writers in the French language and one of the best known African writers in France. In some circles in Paris he is known as the Samuel Beckett of Africa. He is also controversial, and criticized by some African and diaspora writers for stating Africans bear responsibility for their own misfortune. He has argued against the idea that African and Caribbean writers should focus on their local realities in order to serve and express their communities. He further contends that categories such as nation, race, and territory fall short of encapsulating reality and urges writers to create works that deal with issues beyond these subjects.
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Works

16

Black Bazar

book by Alain Mabanckou

author: Alain Mabanckou

2009

Mémoires de porc-épic

book by Alain Mabanckou

author: Alain Mabanckou

2006

Verre cassé

book by Alain Mabanckou

author: Alain Mabanckou

2005

Mémoires de porc-épic : roman

author: Alain Mabanckou

Black Moses

author: Alain Mabanckou

2015

Les cigognes sont immortelles

author: Alain Mabanckou

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