Search Results: "Alain Mabanckou"


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LETTER TO JIMMY by Alain Mabanckou
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"The conceit of the letter and the oddly intimate tone toward 'Jimmy' make this a curious work, but it's often insightful and illuminating."
A celebration of James Baldwin's literature and legacy published in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his death. Read full book review >

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BLUE WHITE RED by Alain Mabanckou
Released: March 11, 2013

"A novel of few surprises, it must be seen for what it is: the uneven debut novel of a significant author with a growing reputation."
A coming-of-age story of immigration and disillusionment that begins in post-colonial Congo. Read full book review >

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BROKEN GLASS by Alain Mabanckou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Important, entertaining and subtly moving."
The award-winning African author (African Psycho, 2007) returns with a novel about Africa and the West. Read full book review >

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BLACK MOSES by Alain Mabanckou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"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?"
This ribald, acerbic, and poignant coming-of-age story throws open a window to an African nation's struggle for maturity. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHTS OF POINTE-NOIRE by Alain Mabanckou
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"A tender, poetic chronicle of an exile's return."
Beset by memories, a Congolese writer revisits his native village. Read full book review >

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ALL SHOOK UP! by Alain Crozon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Don't bother to lift these flaps. (Novelty board book. 2-4)"
Whimsical, big-eyed animals move to an Elvis beat with the lift or swing of a flap. Read full book review >

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THE IMMOBILE EMPIRE by Alain Peyrefitte
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"But while Peyrefitte's nearly day-by-day account will fascinate Sinologists and students of East-West affairs, it may prove too detailed for the average reader. (Sixteen pages of full-color illustrations and six maps—not seen.)"
A painstakingly researched, gracefully written, but far too leisurely account of the misadventures of an 18th-century British royal delegation to the Celestial Court of the Chinese Emperor Qianlong. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA by Alain Vaës
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Winning. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In this witty makeover of the Andersen tale, a grasping queen almost corners the diamond market before an opal—and an Opaline—derail her scheme. Read full book review >

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DURAS by Alain Vircondelet
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 2, 1994

"His epigonic biography too often reads like pretentious ghostwriting. (37 photos, not seen)"
This biography, a welcome complement to Marguerite Duras's prolific literary career, is compromised by Vircondelet's stylistic copying of his subject's oblique technique. Read full book review >

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THE DISCOVERY OF THE PAST by Alain Schnapp
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A fascinating, highly intelligent look at man's obsession with finding evidence of his past. (370 illustrations) (Natural Science Book Club main selection)"
From Schnapp (Art and Archaeology/Univ. of Paris), a meticulously researched, beautifully crafted, and consistently absorbing history of the practice of archaeology from ancient times. Read full book review >

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A RUSSIAN MOTHER by Alain Bosquet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"What provoked this self-absorbed recital may lie still buried in its author's psyche; it isn't on the page."
First English translation of the well-known poet's fiction: an openly autobiographical novel originally published in 1978, when it won France's Grand Prix du Roman. Read full book review >