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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Dec mbaanckou, Javier rated it it was amazing. She persuades the police that the incest in question was actually between the Printer and their two young daughters. I finished working through Broken Glass with students in my Francophone Literacy Narratives course yesterday. I was frustrated that that was not the case for Congo: It started well but petered out when BG started to talk about the process of writing.

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There are serious things here as the art the journal collides with the reality of the characters and the reality of Broken Glass himself.

From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Set up a giveaway. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Write a customer review. Update requests for Broken Glass reissue 2 13 Sep 11, The author of seven novels and six collections of poetry, Alain Mabanckou is already well known and celebrated across the Francophone world. In an interview with Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina for Bomb MagazineMabanckou recounts his early experiences with the French language:. 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.

His work is, in this sense, perhaps best compared to the Joyce of Ulysses and Finnegans Wakeblending irreverence, humor, incisive national critique, and literary innovation together in one text.


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

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It’s funny without being silly or sweaty, and filled with allusions without seeming pretentious. Overall, an odd book to judge. This was a difficult book to read! There comes a point when an unreliable narrator is so reliably unreliable that you can question whether he’s really unreliable.

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His novels have been translated into more than fifteen languages, including Hebrew, Korean, Spanish, Catalan, and Norwegian. Share your thoughts with other customers. In this way, Broken Glass is not exactly a novel of memory. Only names and places start with capitals. Recently Published The gay-suicide stereotype kills gay people, and must end Conversations: Holden even shows up at the end asking about the ducks!

Or strict plot rules. 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.

It was only when we were on the train when she told us that she was eavesdropping on a group of friends who were discussing dramatic events of the night before. Order Number Here’s what you got Which ships to.

Buy the selected items together This item: Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: With all the stories he is told to write and with all the people and their expectations. I bet there’d be all sorts of themes you could pull here, if you wanted.

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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.

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Jan 03, Mona M. The diverse group that frequents Credit Gone West is all too eager to share their stories of heartbreak, ruin, and destruction as soon as they learn of the project. Your book will arrive via USPS in business days. I recommend this little number. Of course, it is difficult to ascertain how much of this may be due to the challenges of translation.

A Novel Global African Voices. This book must be read in French. This first-world acceptance is also an issue at the heart of his larger literary project, which regularly explores the alin of the Francophone world. Add both to Cart Add both to List. But Mabanckou is redeemed by the self-conscious literariness and irreverence of his writing. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. These parts are not always cheerful, rather sad.

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Are the “heroes” of his stories victims or villains? Initially, this takes the form of the journal of brooken barfly, detailing the lives of the people he meets. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Though it might be a hit among young male students of literature with an admiration for Bukowski, and the likes.