Letter to Jimmy

Alain Mabanckou (Author)

Product Details

$14.95  $13.75
Soft Skull Press
Publish Date
December 16, 2014
5.4 X 0.6 X 8.1 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Alain Mabanckou was born in Congo-Brazzavile in 1966. He is the author of Broken Glass (Soft Skull 2010), Memoirs of a Porcupine (Soft Skull 2006) and African Psycho (Soft Skull 2007) among others. He currently divides his time between Paris and California, where he teaches French Literature at UCLA.


..".a heartfelt tribute ...Mabanckou's essay displays a profound respect and admiration for his subject....They both also break ground with their literary work in trying to not let their art be restricted by perceptions of what is expected of them."World Literature Today

..".as Mabanckou explores correlations between Baldwin's ideas and the contemporary world, the book really comes into its own....One of the most influential and fearless writers of the 20th century, Baldwin deserves this celebration of his life, so that readers may encounter, in a new light, the fortitude of this true revolutionary." --Publishers Weekly

..".a touching and personal tribute to James Baldwin...Mabanckou has written an odd, emotional, and quite beautiful homage to a writer who remains a major African American voice almost 27 years after his death." --Booklist

"This short book provides many insights into the life and work of James Baldwin (1924-1987)... Deeply intimate, Letter to Jimmy is a tribute from one expatriate writer to another who achieved his dream of becoming 'an honest man and a good writer." --Gay & Lesbian Review