Award-winning Congolese author Alain Manbanckou will be in Luxembourg on 18 June to read from his novel, “Le monde est mon langage”, which explores diversity in a variety of ways, whether through age or country, ethnicity or notoriety.
Manbanckou has been called in some French circles “the African Samuel Beckett”. A humorous, witty novelist and poet, he was a listed finalist for the Man Booker International Prize in 2015--but this is just one of many honours to his name.
His first novel, “Blue-White-Red”, for example, won numerous prizes, including the coveted Grand prix littéraire d'Afrique noire(a major prize for a francophone text from black Africa). In it, Manbanckou explores themes linked to expatriation and post-colonialism.
Another highly-acclaimed novel, “Black Moses”, was short- and long-listed for a number of awards and made it to The New York Times’10 French novels to read now list.
Manbanckou resides in Los Angeles, California (U.S.) where he teaches literature at UCLA.