by Alain Mabanckou - £8.99 Profile Books Ltd (Serpent's Tail) (2017)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781781256749 | ISBN 10: 1781256748
Longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize 2017.
The new novel from the outstanding figure of French and African literature, Man Booker International shortlisted novelist Alain Mabanckou.
It's 1970, and in the People's Republic of Congo a Marxist-Leninist revolution is ushering in a new age. But over at the orphanage on the outskirts of Pointe-Noire where young Moses has grown up, the revolution has only strengthened the reign of terror of Dieudonné Ngoulmoumako, the institution's corrupt director. So Moses escapes to Pointe-Noire, where he finds a home with a larcenous band of Congolese Merry Men and among the Zairian prostitutes of the Trois-Cents quarter. But the authorities won't leave Moses in peace, and intervene to chase both the Merry Men and the Trois-Cents girls out of town. All this injustice pushes poor Moses over the edge. Could he really be the Robin Hood of the Congo? Or is he just losing his marbles?
Black Moses is a larger-than-life comic tale of a young man obsessed with helping the helpless in an unjust world. It is also a vital new extension of Mabanckou's extraordinary, interlinked body of work dedicated to his native Congo, and confirms his status as one of our great storytellers.
(Price & availability last checked: January 2018)
In booklists: World Fiction - Democratic Republic of the Congo, World Fiction - Africa, Writers by Surname - M, Fiction - Black American and Canadian Writers, In categories: Fiction, World - Africa, Black, Asian & Other Diasporas,