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Ebook The Lights of Pointe-Noire: A Memoir by Alain Mabanckou read! Book Title: The Lights of Pointe-Noire: A Memoir
The author of the book: Alain Mabanckou
Date of issue: March 1st 2016
ISBN: 1620971909
ISBN 13: 9781620971901
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 476 KB
Edition: New Press, The

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The pictures after every chapter. Lovely! Each chapter is actually devoted either to a family member or to a place. I really appreciate the pictures at the end to illustrate the person or the point that was discussed previously.

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After his long absence from Congo, the author found that nothing has really changed, except for the people themselves. He revisited old places such as his former primary school, a former cinema he used to attend, his defunct mother’s house … At every stop along the author’s pilgrimage, we are acquainted with the author memories of the place and of course its actual state. His memories of Congo are truly dear to him and after a long time spent outside his country, I really appreciate the fact that his tone was not condescending. You actually get the sense that he loves this place and will always. The author also mentioned several time his awkward relation with his mother. She died several years after he left for France. Unfortunately, due to money constraint and other undisclosed reason, he could not attend her funeral. His mother sounded like a warrior to me. She survived being abandoned while she was pregnant, bought her own house and was doing business in those years. A great achievement! I recommend you this great memoir. The Africa I read about here, I love very much. Indeed, people are poor, but they are happy.

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Ebook The Lights of Pointe-Noire: A Memoir read Online! Alain Mabanckou was born in 1966 in Congo-Brazzaville (French Congo). He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at UCLA, having previously spent four years at the University of Michigan. Mabanckou will be a Fellow in the Humanities Council at Princeton University in 2007-2008. One of Francophone Africa's most prolific contemporary writers, he is the author of six volumes of poetry and six novels. He received the Sub-Saharan Africa Literary Prize in 1999 for his first novel, Blue-White-Red, the Prize of the Five Francophone Continents for Broken Glass, and the Prix Renaudot in 2006 for Memoirs of a Porcupine. He was selected by the French publishing trade journal Lire as one of the fifty writers to watch out for in the coming century. His most recent book is African Psycho.

Christine Schwartz Hartley is the translator of African Psycho. The former deputy editor of Art + Auction magazine is a freelance editor, translator, and writer based in Paris and Brooklyn. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Village Voice, Interior Design, and Elle Decor, among other publications. French-born, she holds a licence s-lettres (English) from the Universit Paris IVSorbonne, a diploma from the Institut dEtudes Politiques de Paris, and a masters in journalism from New York University.

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