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African Psycho ➳ [Reading] ➶ African Psycho By Alain Mabanckou ➩ – Thomashillier.co.uk Its title recalls Bret Easton Ellis s infamous book, but while Ellis s narrator was a blank slate, African Psycho s protagonist is a quivering mass of lies, neuroses, and relentless internal chatter G Its title recalls Bret Easton Ellis s infamous book, but while Ellis s narrator was a blank slate, African Psycho s protagonist is a quivering mass of lies, neuroses, and relentless internal chatter Gregoire Nakobomayo, a petty criminal, has decided to kill his girlfriend Germaine He s planned the crime for some time, but still, the act of murder requires a bit of psychological and logistical preparation Luckily, he has a mentor to call on, the far accomplished serial killer Angoualima The fact that Angoualima is dead doesn t prevent Gregoire from holding lengthy conversations with him Little by little, Gregoire interweaves Angoualima s life and criminal exploits with his own Continuing with the plan despite a string of botched attempts, Gregoire s final shot at offing Germaine leads to an abrupt unraveling Lauded in France for its fresh and witty style, African Psycho s inventive use of language surprises and relieves the reader by injecting humor into this disturbing subject.

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  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • African Psycho
  • Alain Mabanckou
  • English
  • 19 November 2017
  • 1933368500

About the Author: Alain Mabanckou

Alain Mabanckou was born in in Congo Brazzaville French Congo He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at UCLA, having previously spent four years at the University of Michigan Mabanckou will be a Fellow in the Humanities Council at Princeton University in One of Francophone Africa s most prolific contemporary writers, he is the author of six volumes of poetry and six novels He received the Sub Saharan Africa Literary Prize in for his first novel, Blue White Red, the Prize of the Five Francophone Continents for Broken Glass, and the Prix Renaudot in for Memoirs of a Porcupine He was selected by the French publishing trade journal Lire as one of the fifty writers to watch out for in the coming century His most recent book is African PsychoChristine Schwartz Hartley is the translator of African Psycho The former deputy editor of Art Auction magazine is a freelance editor, translator, and writer based in Paris and Brooklyn Her articles have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Village Voice, Interior Design, and Elle Decor, among other publications French born, she holds a licence s lettres English from the Universit Paris IVSorbonne, a diploma from the Institut dEtudes Politiques de Paris, and a masters in journalism from New York University.



10 thoughts on “African Psycho

  1. Diana Simumpande Diana Simumpande says:

    This book was very disturbing Think Pinky and the Brain but instead of an obsessive desire to take over the world, Gregoire and his rectangular shaped head is consumed with the desire to rape and murder Specifically to be able to rise to the same infamy and esteem as his mentor, and idol, the incredibly vicious and very dead Angoualima Gregoire hasn t had the best childhood and some of his experiences have made him quite an angry man as well as a misogynist While this book is very disturbi This book was very disturbing Think Pinky and the Brain but instead of an obsessive desire to take over the world, Gregoire and his rectangular shaped head is consumed with the desire to rape and murder Specifically to be able to rise to the same infamy and esteem as his mentor, and idol, the incredibly vicious and very dead Angoualima Gregoire hasn t had the best childhood and some of his experiences have made him quite an angry man as well as a misogynist While this book is very disturbing it s also hilarious Poor Gregorie is so far up his own arse and Angoualima s that as he stalks the streets of He Who Drinks Water Is an Idiot, he can t seem to successfully execute a murder.This was my first time reading Mabanckou and I was very impressed His writing style is brilliant and I d love to readfrom him.Be warned this book has very graphic descriptions of rape, murder and assault, but if you can stomach all that, you ll find quite a compelling story about a rather hopeless serial killer in the making

  2. Rachel Bea Rachel Bea says:

    to kill at last, crush I was going to exist at last, that s it, exist I was going to be somebody

  3. Rachel Louise Atkin Rachel Louise Atkin says:

    Overall I did like this book, but I also expected a lotfrom it I think in naming it after Ellis s American Psycho and having it compared to Beckett, Dostoevsky, Camus and even Salinger who are basically all my favourite authors meant Mabanckou s book was under a lot of pressure from me to be just as amazing It follows Gregoire Nakobomayo who, under the influence of a dead killer by the name of Angoualima, decides he wants to become, too, a famous killer Like a lot of other reviewers h Overall I did like this book, but I also expected a lotfrom it I think in naming it after Ellis s American Psycho and having it compared to Beckett, Dostoevsky, Camus and even Salinger who are basically all my favourite authors meant Mabanckou s book was under a lot of pressure from me to be just as amazing It follows Gregoire Nakobomayo who, under the influence of a dead killer by the name of Angoualima, decides he wants to become, too, a famous killer Like a lot of other reviewers have said, the internal monologue reminded meof Dostoevsky and Camus s prose than Ellis s, as this novel I found wasabout his internal psychosis and his growing urge to perform a horrific act that he can t physically manifest Rather than it being a comment on society, African Psycho turns inwards to it s protagonist s head to the point where even Greg can t see past his own swelling anxiety and gradual disintegration It is fascinating from a psychological and existential point of view which is why it hasin common with classic existential authors the prose was extremely reminiscent of the prose in Crime and Punishment a lot of the time The writing really means it secures it s place with in a canon of murderous narrator fiction such as Patrick Suskind s Perfume The Story of a Murderer which this also reminded me of But at the same time it was a coming of age story, albeit one that goes horribly wrong, but still shows Greg s adolescent struggles These themes put together make African Psycho an extremely unique but outstanding book.On rereading or perhaps after writing an academic article on this book I believe I ll give it a higher rating, but for the time being I was slightly let down on my first read just because of it s monumental comparisons to the majority of my favourite authors I would definitely recommend it though as I know I m going to return to this book at some point, as it is extremely entertaining in a dark humour sort of way and cleverly written

  4. Christina Christina says:

    Really disturbing, in a good way It held a lot of promise, and kept building up momentum, and then it never really delivered That was disappointing.

  5. John John says:

    For Christmas, why not a man who can murder as an act of vanity As self expression The narrator of AFRICAN PSYCHO claims to share that pathology to kill at last, crush , I was going to be somebody Such a lunatic yearning is familiar in fiction, a trick that goes back at least to Dostoevsky The drama s in the waffling will he or won t he But Mabanckou a Congolese who s won prizes in France , discovers a fascinating new way to hang you up on those tenterhooks His novel presents no gloo For Christmas, why not a man who can murder as an act of vanity As self expression The narrator of AFRICAN PSYCHO claims to share that pathology to kill at last, crush , I was going to be somebody Such a lunatic yearning is familiar in fiction, a trick that goes back at least to Dostoevsky The drama s in the waffling will he or won t he But Mabanckou a Congolese who s won prizes in France , discovers a fascinating new way to hang you up on those tenterhooks His novel presents no gloomy Raskolnikov, nor the fixed sneer of Patrick Bateman, but a haunted burlesque The narrator Gregoire may wish he were scary, but he proves good company Raised in the streets of an African metropolis, he achieved most of his education via a mashup of comic books a French version of Great Books The result is a voluble palooka, likeable, whose strongest trait would be either his horniness or his loyalty to his shanty neighborhood The place s name is one of the cleverest of the book s frequent onomastics He Who Drinks Water Is An Idiot But lately Gregoire s thinking has turned from the comic to the noir He dwells on murder on one murderer in particular, the legendary Angoualima The dilemma is whether the narrator can achieve some balance between his mythic yearnings his slacker mundane Gregoire talks a violent game, yet he can t stop asking where are we going His Scarface delusions are belied by the comfortable home he s made with his intended victim, the prostitute Germaine Still, still on those few occasions when PSYCHO depicts actual violence, it generates a chilling verisimilitude, as powerful for its hesitations as for its blows cries Mabanckou s sprightly negotiations of extremes opposites demonstrates anew how the novel form is nothing if not flexible a significant demonstration given the book s provenance The author breaks with the norm for recent novels out of Africa Celebrated cases like BEASTS OF NO NATION or ANCESTOR STONES have been documentary at bottom what matters most is getting the pain right But this splendid freak show reminds us that no novelistic record of sensibility especially an entire continent s sensibility can be complete without its Dionysiac yawp

  6. BlackBookie BlackBookie says:

    This book was a slow burn, so I was expecting it to be fantastic as it progressed The ending was so anticlimactic I wouldn t pick it up again.

  7. Marc Marc says:

    A slim novel with a rather unique narrator angry, frustrated, misogynistic, and delusional Our dear Gregoire aspires to commit murder like his idol, a serial killer named Angoualima This is as much about the struggle of conscience as it is the frustration of the individual in relation to society.

  8. Siyamthanda Skota Siyamthanda Skota says:

    Yes, I love vulgarity I claim it loud and clear I love it because only it says what we are, without hideous masks we wear by nature, which turns us into mean beings, hypocrites, ceaselessly running after decency, a quality I couln t care less about Do I have to stress that I have no flowery memories from my youth other than those of the soccer games with rag balls

  9. Clair Clair says:

    This is not a pleasant book to read It will make you wince, and it will make you retch This little book may be one of my hidden gems and I picked it up purely for the title and found so muchThe story of a man trying to emulate his favourite serial killer Angoualima, this is a man so filled with hatred of women, it has terrifying echoes of modern day incelsbut also how the very worst circumstances a man can endure in childhood can mould him.It also needs to be recognised what an excel This is not a pleasant book to read It will make you wince, and it will make you retch This little book may be one of my hidden gems and I picked it up purely for the title and found so muchThe story of a man trying to emulate his favourite serial killer Angoualima, this is a man so filled with hatred of women, it has terrifying echoes of modern day incelsbut also how the very worst circumstances a man can endure in childhood can mould him.It also needs to be recognised what an excellent translation this is.This is a book you will love or despise You need a very dark sense of humour, and it s a book I ll be cautious to recommend, but it deserves farrecognition than it has

  10. Pink Pink says:

    I m not sure what to think about this book It was kind of crazy and had so much build up throughout, but I m not sure it had the final climax or pay off that I was hoping for Interesting enough to keep me engaged and wanting to try someof Mabanckou s writing, but nothing I ll be shouting about.

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