n French Studies in Southern Africa - Alain Mabanckou : entre Diderot et Sartre

Volume 2011, Issue 41
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



How "postcolonial" is the contemporary francophone novel? How successful is it in its endeavour to free itself from the burden of the past by distancing itself from French literature? If Alain Mabanckou's 2005 novel, , managed to encounter such a success, it is perhaps in part because of its hidden imitations of French canonic literature. This mimetic writing was already at work in a previous novel, (2003), which depicts the efforts made by a small criminal to emulate his glorious model, the famous murderer Angoualima: it is in fact Mabanckou himself trying to emulate some famous French writers. But is this literary parasitism a joyous subversion of existing codes or merely a clever marketing ploy?

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