The Lights of Pointe-Noire: Alain Mabanckou

Translated from French by Helen Stevenson Alain Mabanckou left Congo in 1989, when he was 22, and didn’t go back for 23 years, not even when his mother died. Refusing to accept her death, he keeps up the myth that she is alive and well. “The truth was I dreaded coming face to face with …

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