The lights of pointe noire a memoir alain mabanckou helen stevenson on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers alain mabanckou left congo in 1989 at the age of twenty two not to return until a quarter of a century later when he finally came back to pointe noire. The lights of pointe noire is a thoughtful lyrical meditation on homecoming that artfully explores the paradoxes of a narrator torn between his new life and the roots of his childhood and a worthy addition to a rewarding body of work. The lights of pointe noire was selected for an english pen award and in 2015 mabanckou was listed as a finalist for the man booker international prize reviews this is a beautiful book the past hauntingly re entered the present truthfully faced and the translation rises gorgeously to the challenge. The lights of pointe noire is a fascinating memoir of mabanckous journey back to his home country of the republic of congo after 25 years living abroad in france and america mabanckou is vulnerable as he retells the often tragic story of his familys history and present which reflects the turbulence the congo has gone through. The following is from alain mabanckous memoir the lights of pointe noirealain 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
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