The Death of Comrade President
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About the Author
Alain Mabanckou was born in Congo in 1966. An award-winning novelist, poet, and essayist, Mabanckou currently lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at UCLA. He is the author of African Psycho, Broken Glass, Black Bazaar, Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty, The Lights of Pointe-Noire and Black Moses. In 2015, Mabanckou was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize.
Praise for The Death of Comrade President
"The Death of Comrade President is a glorious, funny, surreal novel, set in communist Congo-Brazzaville in the 1970s. It is also a profound study of tyranny and individual choice."
"An imposing tale of colonialism in the turbulent Congo of the 1970s."
Praise for Black Moses
"The story's unflinching tone and sly humor belie the tragedy of Moses's situation, as well as the cruelty of the people he meets."
--The New Yorker
"An orphan story with biting humor. . . as pointed as it is funny."
--Los Angeles Times
"Heartbreaking . . . Black Moses abounds with moments of black humor but the levity is balanced by Mabanckou's portrait of a dysfunctional society rent by corruption."
--New York Times Book Review
"[Black Moses] rings with a beautiful poetry."
--Wall Street Journal
"Moses comes of age quickly in this offbeat bildungsroman. . ."