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Blue White Red (Global African Voices)by Alain Mabanckou
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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.
"Half-truth heightens dramatic irony in Mabanckou's award-winning novel as he explores the enormous gap between cultural expectations and realities within the Parisian world of African dandies. Traveling between Paris and his small African village carrying fashion, gifts, and money to rebuild his parents' home, Moki lives as sought-after royalty during his dry-season return trips; holding court, sorting out local complaints, and entertaining people with tales of his adventurous life in France, all while speaking 'French French', the tongue of Maupassant. After telling his neighbor — our narrator — Massala-Massala that he has the right face for Paris, Moki inadvertently convinces him to pursue the Parisian dream. But upon reaching France with Moki and being renamed Marcel Bonaventure, disillusionment sets in; he finds himself sleeping cramped on the eighth floor of an abandoned building and thwarting police in the marketplace. Mabanckou (Memoirs of a Porcupine) dazzles with technical dexterity and emotional depth; as our narrator tells us, 'I ended up building a space deep in my heart that isn't enough for me.' Vulnerability beckons in this masterful story about a world we always knew was too good to be true, yet reminds us that new skies appear and new seasons begin. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Alain Mabanckou is the author of several prize-winning novels, including Mémoires de porc-épic (Memoirs of a Porcupine). Blue White Red is winner of the Grand Prix Littéraire de l'Afrique Noire. He is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Alison Dundy lives in New York City and works as a librarian, archivist, and translator. She has also translated Sony Labou Tansi's Life and a Half (IUP, 2011).
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