“Black Moses” by Alain Mabanckou: Comedy and Tragedy from “the African Samuel Beckett”

On Art and Aesthetics

Black Moses (2015) by Alain Mabanckou translated by Helen Stevenson (2017, Serpent’s Tail)

Some of you might remember my post from April 25, 2017 on The Essex Serpent (2016) by Sarah Perry. I just read another book by the wonderful publisher of that novel – Serpent Tail’s (@serpentstail). This one Black Mosesfirst published in France in 2015, was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize (the award has been won by Israeli writer David Grossman and his American translator Jessica Cohen for A Horse Walks into a Bar).

The author of Black Moses is the Francophone Congolese novelist, poet, journalist and academic Alain Mabanckou (website@amabanckou) – and translator, Somerset-based Helen Stevenson. A French citizen, Mabanckou was born in 1966 in the Republic of the Congo/Congo-Brazzaville and moved to France at the age of 22 to study law at the Université de…

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