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The Resource Black Moses, Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Helen Stevenson

Black Moses, Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Helen Stevenson

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Black Moses
Title
Black Moses
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Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Helen Stevenson
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
"A rollicking new novel described as "Oliver Twist in 1970s Africa" (Les Inrockuptibles) by the finalist for the Man International Booker Prize It's not easy being Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko. There's that long name of his for a start, which means, "Let us thank God, the black Moses is born on the lands of the ancestors." Most people just call him Moses. Then there's the orphanage where he lives, run by a malicious political stooge, Dieudonne Ngoulmoumako, and where he's terrorized by two fellow orphans--the twins Songi-Songi and Tala-Tala. But after Moses exacts revenge on the twins 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 funny, moving, larger-than-life tale that chronicles Moses's ultimately tragic journey through the Pointe-Noire underworld and the politically repressive world of Congo-Brazzaville in the 1970s and 80s. Mabanckou's vivid portrayal of Moses's mental collapse echoes the work of Hugo, Dickens, and Brian DePalma's Scarface, confirming Mabanckou's status as one of our great storytellers. Black Moses is a vital new extension of his cycle of Pointe-Noire novels that stand out as one of the grandest, funniest, fictional projects of our time"--
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Three orphans in 1970s Africa escape their orphanage to the busy port town of Pointe-Noire where they form a gang of petty thieves and become part of the underworld
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Award
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award: Fiction, 2018.
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10567479
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DLC
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1966-
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Mabanckou, Alain
Dewey number
843/.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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1966-
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Stevenson, Helen
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True
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  • FICTION / Literary
  • Congo (Brazzaville)
  • Congo (Brazzaville)
  • Orphans
Target audience
adult
Label
Black Moses, Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Helen Stevenson
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Publication
Note
"Originally published in France..., in 2015" -- copyright page
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn984512257
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
199 pages
Isbn
9781620972939
Lccn
2017020225
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)984512257
Label
Black Moses, Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Helen Stevenson
Publication
Note
"Originally published in France..., in 2015" -- copyright page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn984512257
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
199 pages
Isbn
9781620972939
Lccn
2017020225
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)984512257

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