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Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2015



Buttologist is down on his uppers. His girlfriend, Original Colour, has cleared out of their Paris studio and run off to the Congo with a vertically challenged drummer known as The Mongrel. She's taken their daughter with her. Meanwhile, a racist neighbour spies on him something wicked, accusing him of 'digging a hole in the Dole'. And his drinking buddies at Jips, the Afro-Cuban bar in Les Halles, pour scorn on Black Bazaar, the journal he keeps to log his sorrows. There are days when only the Arab in the corner shop has a kind word; while at night his dreams are stalked by the cannibal pygmies of Gabon. Then again, Buttologist wears no ordinary uppers. He has style, bags of it (suitcases of crocodile and anaconda Westons, to be precise). He's a dandy from the Bacongo district of Brazzaville - AKA a sapeur or member of the Society of Ambience-makers and People of Elegance. But is flaunting sartorial chic against tough times enough for Buttologist to cut it in the City of Light?

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Publication Date: 05/07/2012 ISBN-13: 9781846687778  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Alain Mabanckou is a writer of novels, plays and poetry. He teaches French literature at UCLA in California. Previous novels, African Psycho [9781846686412], Broken Glass [9781846688157] and Memoirs of a Porcupine [9781846687679] are also published by Serpent's Tail. He was awarded the Grand Prix de la Litterature in 2012 and in 2015 was listed as a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. Black Bazaar is translated by Sarah Ardizzone.

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