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Professor receives award for his novel ‘Black Moses’

Alain Mabanckou

Alain Mabanckou

Alain Mabanckou, professor of French and Francophone studies at UCLA, won the 2018 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright legacy award for fiction for his novel “Black Moses.”

The Hurston/Wright Foundation is committed to the development, dissemination and preservation of literature with a focus on the contributions of African American writers. Mabanckou’s “Black Moses,” which describes the life of an orphan living in a corrupted, poor and politically unstable society, was given the award for its artistic excellence and contribution to literature. 

Mabanckou’s interests are Francophone sub-Saharan African literature, African American literature and creative writing. He has been a professor at UCLA since 2006.

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