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A special episode, featuring Alain Mabanckou, author of “Black Moses,” our latest pick for LARB’s members-only Book Club. Mabanckou is an award-winning Francophone novelist who was born in Congo-Brazzaville in 1966 and grew up in a time of political upheaval and repression. Mabanckou joins LARB editors to discuss his novel, his childhood, and his experience of religious schooling and revolution. He also discusses his relationship with the French language, his move to the US, and his thoughts on contemporary American politics.
Also, former LARB intern and writer Yi Wei returns to recommend Emily Jungmin Yoon’s collection of poems, A Cruelty Special to Our Species.