The Death of Comrade President by Alain Mabanckou


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In Pointe-Noire in the small neighbourhood of Voungou on the family plot where young Michel lives with Maman Pauline and Papa Roger life goes on. But Michel’s everyday cares – lost grocery money the whims of his parents’ moods their neighbours’ squabbling his endless daydreaming – are soon swept away by the wind of history. In March 1977 just before the arrival of the short rainy season Comrade President Marien Ngouabi is brutally murdered in Brazzaville and not even naive Michel can remain untouched. Starting as a tender wry portrait of an ordinary Congolese family Alain Mabanckou quickly expands the scope of his story into a powerful examination of colonialism decolonization and dead ends of the African continent. At a stroke Michel learns the realities of life – and how much must change for everything to stay the same.

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Weight 433 g
Dimensions 222 × 144 × 28 mm