199pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, London, 2017
First published in French in 2015 as Petit Piment.
A novel set in Congo-Brazzavile in the 1970s and 1980s. An orphan escapes to Pointe-Noire to live among the petty thieves and Zairian prostitutes of the Trois-Cents quarter.
"A rip-roaring ride from innocence to experience." Observer
“One of the most compelling books you’ll read in any language this year.” Rolling Stone
Africa's Samuel Beckett ... one of the continent's greatest living writers" Guardian
Alain Mabanckou was born in 1966 in Congo and currently lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at UCLA. He is the author of the novels African Psycho, Memoirs of a Porcupine, Broken Glass, Black Bazaar and Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty. He was awarded the Académie Française's Grand Prix de literature in recognition of his literary career and the 2016 French Voices Award for The Lights of Pointe-Noire. He is a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur and was a finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize.