Short-listed For The Man Booker International Prize 2017 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.
Reviews, News & Interviews:Alain Mabanckou addresses the reader with exuberant inventiveness in novels that are brilliantly imaginative in their forms of storytelling. Man Booker International Prize 2015, judges's Citation
Africa's Samuel Beckett ... one of the continent's greatest living writers. Guardian
Mabanckou’s work is disarmingly surreal, so much so that every descriptor risks being reductionist. The Johannesburg Review of Books