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Saturday, 22 June 2013

New Releases from Alain Mabanckou and Niq Mhlongo

Alain Mabanckou's Blue White Red (translated by Alison Dundy) was published end of January/beginning of February as part of Indiana University Press "Global African Voices" Series. 

This tale of wild adventure reveals the dashed hopes of Africans living between worlds. When Moki returns to his village from France wearing designer clothes and affecting all the manners of a Frenchman, Massala-Massala, who lives the life of a humble peanut farmer after giving up his studies, begins to dream of following in Moki’s footsteps. Together, the two take wing for Paris, where Massala-Massala finds himself a part of an underworld of out-of-work undocumented immigrants. After a botched attempt to sell metro passes purchased with a stolen checkbook, he winds up in jail and is deported. Blue White Red is a novel of postcolonial Africa where young people born into poverty dream of making it big in the cities of their former colonial masters. Alain Mabanckou's searing commentary on the lives of Africans in France is cut with the parody of African villagers who boast of a son in the country of Digol.

                                                                           - Synopsis from Indiana University Press.


Way Back Home, is South African author Niq Mhlongo's third novel, which was released in April. 


I, Kimathi Fezile Tito, do solemnly declare that I am a soldier of the South African revolution. I am a volunteer fighter, committed to the struggle for justice. I place myself in the service of the people, The Movement and its allies.

13 August 1986, Angola

Kimathi Tito has it all. As a child of the revolution, born in exile in Tanzania, he has steadily accumulated wealth and influence since arriving in South Africa in 1991. But even though everything appears just peachy from outside the walls of his mansion in Bassonia, things are far from perfect for Comrade Kimathi. After a messy divorce, accelerated by his gambling habit and infidelities, he is in danger of losing everything. And now, to top it all, he’s seeing ghosts. Sometimes what happens in exile doesn’t stay in exile.

A caustic critique of South Africa’s political elite from the author of Dog Eat Dog and After Tears (both recently reissued).
                                                                                                 - Synopsis from Kwela Books

                                                                                   

2 comments:

  1. Does it mean that Alain Mabanckou has released two novels this year? I know he has released Tomorrow I'll be Twenty.

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    1. Yes, this one came out earlier this year. It seems soon all, if not most of his works, will be translated into English. That makes me very excited.

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