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From the winner of the Grand Prix de la Litterature 2012
Alain Mabanckou is a writer of novels, plays and poetry. He teaches French literature at UCLA in California. Previous novels, African Psycho, Broken Glass and Memoirs of a Porcupine are also published by Serpent's Tail. Black Bazaar is translated by Sarah Ardizzone.
Africa's Samuel Beckett ... Mabanckou's freewheeling prose marries classical French elegance with Paris slang and a Congolese beat * Economist * Hugely entertaining ... Mabanckou creates a vivid picture of this expat community and their at times love-hate relationship with the colonial mother country and the fraught contemporary politics of West Africa ... an enjoyable and insightful read from one of France's outstanding writers * Morning Star * A dazzling cultural catalogue * Guardian * Energetic, terrifically powerful writing -- Harriett Gilbert Captures the particular flavour of modern Paris * Financial Times * Features an array of unforgettable characters ... Mabanckou writes with real joie de vivre and paints a vivid, poignant portrait of the black immigrant community in Paris * Independent *