Alain Mabanckou

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Alain Mabanckou

Alain Mabanckou [1][2](born 24 February 1966) is a writer. He is a French citizen born in the Republic of the Congo.[3]

His first novel was published in 1998. [4]Mabanckou's work has been published in fifteen languages. His non-fiction books talk about Africa and the African diaspora in France.[5]

Mabanckou is a Professor of Literature at UCLA.

Early Life[change | change source]

Alain Mabanckou [6] was born in Congo-Brazzaville in 1966 . He spent his childhood in the coastal city of Pointe-Noire .He received a scholarship at The Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville to go to France at the age of 22 . After receiving a post-graduate Diploma in Law from the Université Paris-Dauphine, he worked for about ten years for the group Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux.[7]

Awards[change | change source]

  • Prix de la Société des poètes français, 1995 for L'usure des lendemains
  • Grand prix littéraire d'Afrique noire, for Bleu-Blanc-Rouge, 1999
  • Prix du roman Ouest-France-Etonnants Voyageurs 2005, for Verre cassé
  • Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie 2005, for Verre cassé
  • Prix RFO du livre 2005, for Verre cassé
  • Prix Renaudot 2006, for Mémoires de porc-épic
  • Prix de La Rentrée littéraire 2006, for Mémoires de porc-épic
  • Prix Aliénor d'Aquitaine 2006, for Mémoires de porc-épic
  • Prix Créateurs Sans Frontières 2007 (Ministère français des Affaires Etrangères), for Mémoires de porc-épic
  • Médaille de citoyen d'honneur de la ville de Saint-Jean-d'Angély (Charente-Maritime, France), 2004
  • Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur par décret du Président de la République française, 2010.
  • Georges Brassens Prize 2010, for Demain j'aurai vingt ans
  • Académie Française Prize : Grand Prix de littérature Henri Gal 2012 for his entire work
  • Premio Strega Europeo : 2015, Finalist
  • Man Booker International Prize: 2015, Finalist
  • 2016 Puterbaugh Fellow for the entire body of work
  • 2017 Man Booker International Prize selection for the novel Black Moses
  • The Guardian ranked Broken Glass #99 in its list of 100 Best Books of the 21st Century.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Alain Mabanckou, l'enfant noir". Bibliobs (in French). Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  2. Staff, Guardian (2019-09-21). "The 100 best books of the 21st century". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  3. "Prince of the absurd". The Economist. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  4. "The Man Booker International Prize 2017 Longlist Announced | The Booker Prizes". thebookerprizes.com. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  5. "Alain Mabanckou, l'enfant noir". "G.L.", Le Nouvel Observateur, 19 August 2010.
  6. "Les Africains ont une responsabilité dans la traite des Noirs". Slate Afrique (in French). Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  7. "Le grand rire d'Alain Mabanckou". Slate Afrique (in French). Retrieved 2020-04-12.