About this book
A heartwarming child's-eye view novel set in the Congo in the 1970s. Mabanckou is the winner of the Grand Prix de la Litterature, and this features a foreword by Nobel Prize winning author J.M.G. le Clezio.
Michel is ten years old, living in Pointe Noire, Congo, in the 1970s. His mother sells peanuts at the market, his father works at the Victory Palace Hotel, and brings home books left behind by the white guests. Planes cross the sky overhead, and Michel and his friend Lounes dream about the countries where they'll land.