The tears of the black man - Alain Mabanckou

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Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253035837

Publication Date: 2018

Summary : In The Tears of the Black Man, award-winning author Alain Mabanckou explores what it means to be black in the world today. Mabanckou confronts the long and entangled history of Africa, France, and the United States as it has been shaped by slavery, colonialism, and their legacy today. Without ignoring the injustices and prejudice still facing blacks, he distances himself from resentment and victimhood, arguing that focusing too intensely on the crimes of the past is limiting. Instead, it is time to ask: Now what? Embracing the challenges faced by ethnic minority communities today, The Tears of a Black Man looks to the future, choosing to believe that the history of Africa has yet to be written, and seeking a path toward affirmation and reconciliation.

The author :
Born in Congo in 1966, Alain Mabanckou is the author of a dozen novels, including Verre Cassé (2005) and Mémoires de Porc-épic (Prix Renaudot). His work has been translated into some twenty languages. He teaches French literature at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).

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