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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But Broken Glass fails spectacularly at staying out of trouble as one denizen after another wants to rewrite history mahanckou an attempt at making sure his portrayal will properly reflect their exciting and dynamic lives.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Alxin account. In a country that appears to have forgotten the importance of remembering, a former schoolteacher and bar regular nicknamed Broken Glass has been elected to record their stories for posterity.

They have hardly forgotten, at least on a personal level. I recommend this little number. 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. As the material becomes more personal the tone shifts from comic to melancholy, and the book ended up being more moving than I would have expected after the first couple of chapters.

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It started well but petered out when BG started to talk about the process of writing. The publisher notes on the back that the book contains the title of classics of international literature – I didn’t spot anywhere near that many, and indeed it would be nice to see a list so one can play a literary game of i-spy as I did with Vargas Llosa and Garcia Marquez titles once I noticed them appearing.


I cannot express something directly to my people….

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jan 03, Mona M. The author of seven brolen and six collections of poetry, Alain Mabanckou is already well known and celebrated across the Francophone world. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Would you like to tell us glasx a lower price? Ships from and sold by Amazon. Alain Mabanckou is a novelist, journalist, poet, and academic. Mass Market Paperbackpages.

The reader learns that he is sixty-four years old, and that he was once married. Broken Glass is narrated from the perspective of its title character, an ex-teacher with too great a love for Congolese palm wine. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

This is world literature! I had to stay with it all the way. Want to Read saving…. The owner of the bar asks him to write down his observations of the people and surrounds. For Mabanckou, this has national, personal, and literary importance.

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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.

Tragedy doesn’t change, the same stories repeat. English Choose a language for shopping. I was frustrated that that was not the case for Congo: Take these lines, which could have come from one of Alan Coren’s s Idi Amin dispatches: But this is not just a play fo laughs.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Overall, an odd book to judge. Only names and places start with mbanckou. This book must be read in French. There are a lot of references to French and African literature and politics that I’m sure I missed. This book is the opposite of a colonial novel. He writes downs the stories as they come to him and as they are told by the man who wears Pampers, the man who once lived in France or the man who the won the pissing contest. The technology, the society, the politics, are all post-colonial, 21st century Africa, and for that reason I was glad to dip into it, even if I was a bit ungrounded most glsss the time.

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Obviously the book is rife with metaphor and it’s mostly funny in a tragic way until Broken begins to tell his mabqnckou story. In a country that appears to have forgotten the importance of remembering, a former schoolteacher and bar regular nicknamed Broken Glass has been elected to record their stories for posterity.

Alain Mabanckou’s Broken Glass

Your books are on their way! I’d be happy to share discussion questions if anyone is interested – let me know! Broken Glass is a whistlestop tour of French literature and civilisation, and if you don’t know your Marivaux, your Chateaubriand, your Brokrn and Weston shoes you’ll miss a lot of the gags “a quarrel of Brest”, anyone?