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 numerous repetitions in expressions give something vivid to the stories of the regulars of the bar. In this way, Broken Glass is not exactly a novel of memory. Stubborn Snail, the owner of the bar, has given mabanclou aspiring author Broken Glass a notebook in which to record the life and stories of his bar.

This first-world acceptance is also an issue at the heart of his larger literary project, which regularly explores the mabanckku of the Francophone world. Read more Read less. This means that the reader sometimes glosses over significant portions of the novel as she stumbles through the language.


Dec 11, Javier rated it it was amazing. This is world literature! Share your thoughts with other customers. He is a mostly self-educated man, with a curiosity about people and places. Monica Ali in the Kitchen. It may shine brolen in my description, that I’m not really amused. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. An online search came up with only partial lists of the references. The characters and stories are hilarious. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Perhaps rather than try to explain: Whatever else might be in short supply in the Congo depicted by Alain Mabanckou, imagination and wit aren’t.


I bet there’d be all sorts of themes you could pull here, if you wanted. But this is not just a play fo laughs.

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Join Our Mailing List Submit. Recently Published The gay-suicide stereotype kills gay people, and must end Conversations: The story that unfolds is written in unbroken prose, as the Stubborn Snail observes when he reads the notebook, sighing: I loved mabancku book! The style is wonderful, with so many reference to world literature, which is a advance This is world literature!


Published June 16th by Points first published January 7th The setup is that Broken Glass, the narrator, is asked by Stubborn Snail, proprietor of the bar named Credit Gone West, to write a journal to memorialize the bar and its patrons.

So I discovered that in Kenya, for instance, you can have great literature in Kikuyu and Swahili. Your book will arrive via USPS in business days.

Alain Mabanckou’s Broken Glass

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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.