Broken Glass is a Congolese riff on European classics from the most notable Francophone African writer of Alain Mabanckou was born in in the Congo . Broken Glass, By Alain Mabanckou. Magical tales from a bar in Africa. Peter Carty; Thursday 9 April 0 comments. Best known for his novel African Psycho, the Congelese novelist and poet Alain Mabanckou likes to write playfully about his country’s more.

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The Memory of Love. I’d be happy to share discussion questions if anyone is interested – let me know! His most recent book mwbanckou African Psycho. If you don’t buy it, it’s because you’re uppity.

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Not in the US? Sadness repeats itself and never ends. There are a lot of references to French and African literature and politics that I’m sure I missed. Alain Mabanckou is a novelist, journalist, poet, and academic.

Definitely, some young people might like him. This book is told in one of the most remarkable voices I’ve seen in a minute, and it has the best piss scene ever written. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Then about halfway it changes, as the narrator starts to talk about himself, and his own story, and by the final pages a narrative even emerges despite the episodic nature of the opening chapters, as it’s revealed this is actually an elaborate suicide note.

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Dec 11, Javier rated it it was amazing. This was a difficult book to read! This is a quirky book with lots of clever pivots to literature, arts, politics, popular culture, religion, etc.


That arch navel-gazer Holden Caulfield or someone claiming to be him has a walk-on part, and Broken Glass ends “we’ll meet again, in the other world, Holden, we’ll have a drink together At a first sight the narrative looks like chaotic ramblings of a drunkard but under this thin surface there lies a true treasure chest of various literary, popcultural, political and historical allusions.

He doesn’t use periods, words fall over one another separated by commas. Open Preview See a Problem? The owner of the bar asks him to write down his observations of the people and surrounds. I recommend this little number. Broken Glass, the narrator of the novel, has been given a notebook by the owner of the bar he frequents and has been told to immortalise this drinking den for the benefit of the future generations.

Whatever else might be in short supply in the Congo depicted by Alain Mabanckou, imagination and wit aren’t.

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That slight premise is all Mabanckou needs to spin a raucous tale of the regulars, the bar, corrupt and inept government, and life in Trois-Cents, an impoverished district of an unnamed city.

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This means that the reader sometimes glosses over significant portions of the novel as she stumbles through the language.

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Rather uninteresting book about literary drunkenness in a congolese bar and just consider the missed potential in that sentence! Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Set in a sad-sack Congolese bar called Credit Gone West, this brokrn satirical novel by Congolese poet and novelist Mabanckou African Psycho creates a microcosm of postcolonial African experience through the tales of sodden bar patrons.


I read a couple of excerpts translated into English, and I honestly felt the rhythm, the flow of the words, the repetition of expressions, and most certainly the humor of the book lacked their charm.

Occasionally real life with its unrestrained tales wins over literature because my sister preferred to be listening to their chattering rather than sitting on a bench and reading a book in peace. In Broken Glassthis oral tradition is brought to bear on the stories of this collection of Congolese mabanciou, and marvelously so.

He is a mostly self-educated man, with a curiosity about people and places. Tragedy doesn’t change, the same stories repeat. Broken Glass is a comic romp that releases Mabanckou’s sense of humour, subtly restrained in his earlier novel African Psycho – narrated, as you might guess, by a would-be serial killer.

He is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and decorated authors writing in French today. Jan 03, Mona M. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. And there are some pretty tough scenes as well, but there’s still a lot of humor and this man know how to write.

There are so many hidden marvels that an average reader will probably pick up about one third of them. You become part of their lives and their stories. There comes a point when an unreliable narrator is so reliably unreliable that you can question whether he’s really unreliable. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.