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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Sadness repeats itself and never ends. Heidi Seaborn and Martin Ott Torn in the sky: Update requests for Broken Glass reissue. 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.

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Contact us for international order. Books by Alain Mabanckou. Broken Glass spends his time drinking red wine in a bar, everyday for years.

The numerous repetitions in expressions give something vivid to the stories of the regulars of the bar. Of course, it broekn difficult to ascertain how much of this may be due to the challenges of translation.

I loved this book! How Long ’til Black Future Month?: First of all, I learned French when I was six. Much of the writing from Africa or at least most of the stuff we get to see is of an earnest or grim character, and it makes a pleasant change to encounter a writer who isn’t afraid of a laugh – even if his work is destined for the syllabuses of post-colonial literature courses.


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This book is the opposite of a colonial novel. After a few big, dour, historical reads, it was good to get into a Fiction Book — and a novella to boot, clocking in at barely over pages, so it’s not too intimidating. His novels maabnckou been translated into more than fifteen languages, including Hebrew, Korean, Spanish, Catalan, and Norwegian.

All the inhabitants of Credit Gone West are, in fact, obsessed with the stories of their past — both their glories and the extreme failures that led them to live out their old age in the bar. Write a customer review. This questioning extends to Mabanckou himself, and I ask myself how much of those stories are the work of fiction and how much of them are, at least, inspired by true events?

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Another fixture, Printer, recounts the convoluted tale of his travels in France, where he married a mabankcou white woman, moved to a Paris suburb well away from negroes, and then discovered his wife was sleeping with his visiting son.

Even the weird grammar and odd writing style without proper punctuation or much capitalization eventually make sense given the unreliable narrator.

Alaij I was in high school, we first read Anglophone literature. He considers it one mabandkou the primary challenges that writers of his generation face—those born into independent Africa but whose work has yet to receive the glaas of international attention and prestige enjoyed by those of the Parisian or American literary establishment.


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. They have hardly forgotten, at least on a personal level. Broken Glass is a fast and enjoyable read, particularly for those who relish in his particular brand of literary pun, but many of his stylistic innovations are inconsistent and occasionally fall flat.

Perhaps rather than try to explain: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Despondent over this apparent triumph of self-delusion over self-awareness, Broken Glass drowns his sorrows in red wine and riffs on the great books of Africa and the West.

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Great book, would highly recommend. And now, lastly and with a charitable heart, I have to rank Mabanckou well ahead of the heavy-handed moralists and state-sponsored, legend-regurgitating recidivists that fall seamlessly into heavy-rotation in African lit classes and high school syllabi.

Are the “heroes” of his stories vi This book must be read in French. mabanckoy

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Hitchcock was a real brokne character, a talented man, a guy who could make your spine shiver just with a few birds, or a rear window, he could turn you into a psycho with a single characteristic little trick…. The Memory of Love.

The themes of self-delusion and self-awareness are central, and Mabanckou invites us to ponder whether the narrator is peddling an alternative history, just as other customers of the bar seem to be. The bar owner, Stubborn Snail, asks Broken to create a chronicle of the other inhabitants.