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Black Moses: A Novel
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The "heart-breaking" (New York Times Book Review), rollicking, award-winning novel that has been described as "Oliver Twist in 1970s Africa" (Les Inrockuptibles)

"One of the most compelling books you'll read in any language this year." —Rolling Stone

Winner of the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize

Shortlisted for the Albertine Prize

Shortlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize

Longlisted for the PEN Translation Prize

Greeted with wildly enthusiastic reviews on publication, Alain Mabanckou's riotous novel begins in an orphanage in 1970s Congo-Brazzaville run by a malicious political stooge who makes the life of our hero, Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko—his name means "Let us thank God, the black Moses is born on the lands of the ancestors," but most people just call him Moses—very difficult.

Moses is also terrorized by his two fellow orphans—the twins Songi-Songi and Tala-Tala—but after Moses exacts revenge on them by lacing their food with hot pepper, the twins take Moses under their wing, escape the orphanage, and move to the bustling port town of Pointe-Noire, where they form a gang that survives on petty theft.

What follows is a "pointed" (Los Angeles Times), "vivid and funny" (New York Times), larger-than-life tale that chronicles Moses's ultimately tragic journey through the Pointe-Noire underworld and the politically repressive reality of Congo-Brazzaville in the 1970s and '80s.

"Ringing with beautiful poetry," (Wall Street Journal) Black Moses is a vital new extension of Mabanckou's cycle of Pointe-Noire novels that stand out as one of the grandest and funniest fictional projects of our time.

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One of The New York Times 10 French Novels to Read Now
Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize

Longlisted for the PEN America Translation Prize

Shortlisted for the Albertine Prize

Included in World Literature Today's “75 Notable Translations of 2017"

“The story's unflinching tone and sly humor belie the tragedy of Moses's situation, as well as the cruelty of the people he meets."
The New Yorker

“An orphan story with biting humor. . . as pointed as it is funny."
Los Angeles Times
“[Black Moses] rings with a beautiful poetry."
Wall Street Journal


A rollicking new novel described as "Oliver Twist in 1970s Africa" (Les Inrockuptibles) by the finalist for the Man Booker International Prize.

It's not easy being Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko. There's that...

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"One of the most compelling books you'll read in any language this year." —Rolling Stone

Winner of the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize

Shortlisted for the Albertine Prize

Shortlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize

Longlisted for the PEN Translation Prize

Greeted with wildly enthusiastic reviews on publication, Alain Mabanckou's riotous novel begins in an orphanage in 1970s Congo-Brazzaville run by a malicious political stooge who makes the life of our hero, Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko—his name means "Let us thank God, the black Moses is born on the lands of the ancestors," but most people just call him Moses—very difficult.

Moses is also terrorized by his two fellow orphans—the twins Songi-Songi and Tala-Tala—but after Moses exacts revenge on them by lacing their food with hot pepper, the twins take Moses under their wing, escape the orphanage, and move to the bustling port town of Pointe-Noire, where they form a gang that survives on petty theft.

What follows is a "pointed" (Los Angeles Times), "vivid and funny" (New York Times), larger-than-life tale that chronicles Moses's ultimately tragic journey through the Pointe-Noire underworld and the politically repressive reality of Congo-Brazzaville in the 1970s and '80s.

"Ringing with beautiful poetry," (Wall Street Journal) Black Moses is a vital new extension of Mabanckou's cycle of Pointe-Noire novels that stand out as one of the grandest and funniest fictional projects of our time.

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      • source: San Francisco Chronicle
      • content: "Mabanckou populates his tale with a range of colorful supporting characters who tell the narrator their stories -- mixtures of truth and lie, of history and mythology and wishful thinking -- and these voices imbue the novel's relative brevity with a surprising polyphonic texture."
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      • source: The New Yorker
      • content: "The story's unflinching tone and sly humor belie the tragedy of Moses's situation, as well as the cruelty of the people he meets."
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      • source: Los Angeles Times
      • content: "An orphan story with biting humor. . . as pointed as it is funny."
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      • source: New York Times Book Review
      • content: "Heartbreaking . . . Black Moses abounds with moments of black humor but the levity is balanced by Mabanckou's portrait of a dysfunctional society rent by corruption."
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      • source: Wall Street Journal
      • content: "[Black Moses] rings with a beautiful poetry."
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      • source: Rolling Stone
      • content: "One of the most compelling books you'll read in any language this year."
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      • source: Chicago Tribune
      • content: "Moses comes of age quickly in this offbeat bildungsroman. . ."
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      • source: New York Magazine
      • content: "Vivid and funny."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly (starred)
      • content: "A small book with a big narrative voice, this wacky new novel by Mabanckou follows the existential misfortunes of an orphan . . . This mythic, beguiling novel is a journey to discover what is hard-wired in us and what we make up about ourselves."
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      • source: Booklist
      • content: "Funny and sharply satiric...Mabanckou has created a vibrant world in which Pointe-Noir has taken on the stature of an African Yoknapatawpha County."
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews (starred)
      • content: "This tightly contained, densely packed story issues a challenge that never loses its urgency: how does a person cling to a sense of autonomy when it's under siege by so many powerful forces?"
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      • source: Le Monde
      • content: Praise for the French edition:
        "A delicious and delicate novel."
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      • source: Le Figaro Littéraire
      • content: "From the first sentence there is an ease and spirit, and you know instantly that this story is authentic. Alain Mabanckou has a gift."
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      • source: Le Magazine Littéraire
      • content: "A wonderful urban tale."
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      • source: Marianne
      • content: "Tasty but light to begin with, then quickly built and powerful, ultimately shattering."
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      • source: La Vie
      • content: "He wields a sweet and fleshy tongue."
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      • content: Praise for Alain Mabanckou's The Lights of Pointe-Noire:
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      • source: Salman Rushdie
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      • source: The Independent
      • content: "Alain Mabanckou's joyous, vivid narrative style brings to life a frank, tender memoir."
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      • source: The Economist
      • content: "The author's real achievement is to capture a universal experience, one ever more common in the age of mass migration: what it means to come home after a long absence...Few books about Africa will find it easier to attract readers far away."
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      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        A small book with a big narrative voice, this wacky new novel by Mabanckou follows the existential misfortunes of an orphan whose “kilometrically extended name” means “Thanks be to God, the black Moses is born on the earth of our ancestors.” Things were always bad for Moses at the orphanage in Loango, a place full of corrupt and unscrupulous administrators who treat children “no better than cattle.” But after the orphanage’s director and his cronies, all relatives, change allegiance as the socialist revolution takes over the Congo, Moses decides to escape to the city of Pointe-Noire with the twins Songi-Songi and Tala-Tala. They agree to let him join them and give him the nickname Little Pepper when he spikes their food with chilis. The sordid streets of the city offer few better opportunities, however, and in colorful, weird prose, Moses recounts his few triumphs and many travails. His fellow escapees form a gang of petty thieves, but at 16, Moses is taken in by a kindly Zairian madam called Maman Fiat 500, who—with her employees, “ten girls, each more beautiful than the last”—provides him with the only family he will ever know. Moses ages quickly, spiraling into madness and forgetting. He wishes to become his own hero, Robin Hood, but he more closely resembles Don Quixote, eventually striking out on a last noble and violent quest worthy of his long name. This mythic, beguiling novel is a journey to discover what is hard-wired in us and what we make up about ourselves.

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