Skip to main content
Outdated Browser

For the best experience using our website, we recommend upgrading your browser to a newer version or switching to a supported browser.

More Information

Contributor

Alain Mabanckou

Contributor

Alain Mabanckou

Regarded as Francophone Africa’s leading voice, novelist, poet, and essayist Alain Mabanckou was born in Congo and currently lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at UCLA. He is the author of African PsychoBroken GlassBlack BazaarTomorrow I Will Be TwentyThe Lights of Pointe-Noire, and Black Moses. In 2015 he was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize and the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens.

Articles by Alain Mabanckou

The Madman of Bonanjo
By Alain Mabanckou
You can hang a man from a tree, but you cannot hang History with him.
Translated from French by Helen Stevenson
Multilingual
Blue, White, Red
By Alain Mabanckou
At the beginning, there was the name.A humdrum name.A two-syllable name: Moki .  . .At the beginning, there was that name.Moki is standing in front of me. I see him again. He's talking to me.…
Translated from French by Alison Dundy
Broken Glass
By Alain Mabanckou
I need to start by describing the row that accompanied the birth of the bar, to tell you a bit about the calvary the Captain had to face, because some people wanted to drive him into his grave, to draw…
Translated from French by Nick Caistor
from African Psycho
By Alain Mabanckou
I have decided to kill Germaine on December 29.
Translated from French by Christine Schwartz Hartley