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Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2015
Gregoire Nakobomayo, a petty criminal, has decided to kill his girlfriend Germaine. He's planned the crime for some time, but still, the act of murder requires a bit of psychological and logistical preparation. Luckily, he has a mentor to call on, the far more accomplished serial killer Angoualima. The fact that Angoualima is dead doesn't prevent Gregoire from holding lengthy conversations with him. Little by little, Gregoire interweaves Angoualima's life and criminal exploits with his own.
Continuing with the plan despite a string of botched attempts, Gregoire's final shot at offing Germaine leads to an abrupt unravelling. Lauded in France for its fresh and witty style, African Psycho's inventive use of language surprises and relieves the reader by sending up this disturbing subject.
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Taxi Driver for Africa's blank generation... a deftly ironic Grand Guignol, a pulp fiction vision of Frantz Fanon's "wretched of the earth" that somehow manages to be both frightening and self-mocking at the same time (Time Out New York)
The French have already called [Mabanckou] a young writer to watch. After this debut, I certainly concur (Globe and Mail)
Energetic, terrifically powerful writing (Harriett Gilbert, BBC Radio 4 A Good Read)
From the winner of the Grand Prix de la Littérature
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1846686415
Book Description Serpent's Tail, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111846686415