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All human beings, says an African legend, have an animal double. Some doubles are benign, others wicked. This legend comes to life in Alain Mabanckou's outlandish, surreal, and charmingly nonchalant Memoirs of a Porcupine . When Kibandi, a boy living in a Congolese village, reaches the age of 11, his father takes him out into the night and forces him to drink a vile liquid from a jar that has been hidden for years in the earth. This is his initiation. From now on, he and his double, a porcupine, become accomplices in murder. They attack neighbors, fellow villagers, and people who simply cross.
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Title page; Copyright; Dedication; how disaster brought me to your feet; how I left the animal world; how Papa Kibandi sold us his destiny; How Mama Kibandi joined Papa Kibandi in the other world; how last Friday became black Friday; how this porcupine isn't finished yet; Appendix.
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