RGRLL: A Dialogue with Acclaimed Francophone Writer Alain Mabanckou

April 15, 2011

One of the most accomplished and celebrated Francophone writers of the twenty-first century, Alain Mabanckou is the author of seventeen published texts, including eight novels that have been translated in several languages, two collections of poems, two novellas, and a number of literary translations.  In 2005, his novel Verre Cassé (Broken Glass) received accolades from author and Nobel-Prize winner J.M.G. Le Clézio. The subsequent year, in 2006, Mabanckou was awarded the prestigious literary prize “Prix Renaudot” for his novel Mémoires de porc-épic (Memoirs of a Porcupine). Black Bazar and Demain j’aurai vingt ans (Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty) followed in 2008 and 2010, and received critical acclaim and public success.  In March 2011, Mabanckou was awarded the Legion of Honor medal—the most prestigious French cultural distinction—for services rendered to French culture. Mabanckou is currently a Professor of French and Francophone Literature at UCLA.

The dialogue will be conducted in French.

For more information, please contact Dr. Laura Ceia at lceiamin@csulb.edu.

This event is organized by the Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures (RGRLL).