“Here, I melted into the crowd, I felt the pulse of those who have my color, and those who are different from me, with whom I deal on a daily basis. Certain places, in California and Michigan, tell me their history because I know them intimately. Others resist me, and it sometimes takes me a long time to excavate to finally see their true face appear. But this journey only has meaning if it is personal, subjective, between the small story and the big one, between the immense and the tiny. And maybe even, without knowing it, I am undertaking here what I could qualify as an American autobiography, between the twists and turns of the unusual, the digression of the anecdote and the mirages of the imaginary.”
Alain Mabanckou, Rumeurs d’Amérique (PLON, 2020)
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