African Psycho

African Psycho concerns a would-be serial killer, Gregoire Nabakobomayo, and the spiritual relationship he has developed with his phantom mentor.

African Psycho is the English debut novel of a remarkable new African writer, Alain Mabanckou. Originally published in French, the novel follows a neurotic would-be serial killer, Gregoire Nakobomayo, as he plans a litany of incompetent criminal acts to culminate in the murder of his girlfriend. The reader is subjected to the relentless dance of Gregoire’s thoughts, as the novel explores what it is that makes a man kill. To complicate matters, Gregoire is inspired by the hauntings of a spirit, Angoualima, who when alive was a very accomplished serial killer.

About the Author
Alain Mabanckou
was born in Congo-Brazzaville, and has penned five novels and six volumes of poetry. In 1999, he received the ‘Prix Litteraire de l’Afrique Noire’ for his first novel, Blue-White-Red. He was then awarded the ‘Le Prix des Cing Continents de la Francophonie’ for Broken Window, and the prestigious ‘Prix Renaudot’ for his previous novel, Memoirs of a Porcupine.

African Psycho, first published in French in 2003, is the auspicious debut from a francophone author who most certainly deserves to be discovered. It is smart, stylish and and plenty ‘literary’…The French have already called [Mabanckou] a young writer to watch. After this debut, I will certainly concur.” –Globe and Mail