Africa's Samuel Beckett ... one of the continent's greatest living writers (Guardian)
In this slender but intellectually dense collection of 12 essays, Franco-Congolese novelist Mabanckou (Black Moses) reveals and reshapes notions of black identity, arguing that in today’s global community, 'identity goes far beyond notions of territory or blood.' . . . Mabanckou’s challenging perspective on African identity today is as enlightening as it is provocative.
Africans, Mr. Mabanckou is asking us to wake up from such dreams and do something that matters in the present rather than live in the past. It is not helping us in the least. Also, he is asking us, for God’s sake, to stop blaming everything on the white man and acknowledge our share of responsibilities. (Ndeye Sene Mbaye, author of 'Under the Neem Tree')
About the Author
Alain Mabanckou is the award-winning author of Black Moses, The Lights of Pointe-Noire, African Psycho, Blue White Red, and many other books. He is regarded as Francophone Africa's leading voice, novelist, poet, and essayist and has received numerous literary prizes, including finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, the Grand Prix Littéraire de l’Afrique noire, and the Grand Prix de Littérature Henri Gal from the Académie Française for his life’s work. Mabanckou currently lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at UCLA.
Dominic Thomas is the translator of Jazz and Palm Wine, Harvest of Skulls, and The Shameful State and the author or editor of many books, including Africa and France: Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism. He is Madeleine L. Letessier Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.