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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Christine Schwartz Hartley is the translator of African Psycho. An online search came up with only partial lists of the references. Mabanckou draws heavily on his predecessors as he pursues this project, and it is perhaps one of the most notable characteristics of Broken Glass that it is absolutely littered with literary allusions. Update requests for Broken Glass reissue 2 13 Sep 11, It is bit stream-of-consciousness from a man who is supposed to be recording about his life in a journal but is busier drinking.

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There are a lot of references to French and African literature and politics mabancjou I’m sure I missed. Please read Tram 83 in stead! Please try again later.

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. French writers from Rimbaud to Chateaubriand find good representation in the pages of Broken Glass.

The most difficult challenge to entering the literary establishment lies in opening the world to these kinds of stories, told in the meandering language of an alcoholic ex-teacher and ambitious literateur. After a hundred and twenty odd pages of his desultory jabbering he lays out, brokenn and clean: Write a customer review.


M unching on his bicycle chicken apparently a Congolese term for scrawny poultryBroken Glass – the eponymous narrator – tells us the story of the bar he frequents: It has layers that reveal themselves as it goes. Initially, this takes the form of the journal of a barfly, detailing the lives of the people he meets. A lovely read and more than worth its 5-stars. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in jabanckou to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

His appetite for red wine, however, has cost him his marriage.

And while I appreciate the attempt to stick to the premise of this being the scribblings of a drunken disgraced former school teacher, I just don’t see the point. Apr 16, Nino Frewat rated it it was amazing Shelves: I cannot express something directly to my people…. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

One of Francophone Africa’s most prolific contemporary writers, he is the author of six volumes of poetry and six novels. These parts are not always cheerful, rather sad. Are the “heroes” of his stories alani This book must be read in French.

I had to stay with it all the way. A brand-new edition of an irreverent, allusive, scatalogical, tragicomic masterpiece from one of our greatest living Francophone writers. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Here’s a description of a fist fight between Broken and another damaged patron, other customers gather to witness, ” The Printer is institutionalized and, eventually, deported back to Africa, at which point he takes up the drink and suffers hroken to the constant company of the Black community he had grown to despise as a young man in Paris.

In a book full of convenient page breaks and awkward run-ons where full stops should have been, his avoidance of conventional punctuation feels totally forced and unsuccessful; he lacks the grammar and flourish to pull it off. Open Preview See a Problem?


A Novel Global African Voices. Are the “heroes” of his stories victims or villains? It was the last part of the book I found more compelling, however, because it is there that Broken Glass begins to write about himself.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Set in a sad-sack Congolese bar called Credit Gone West, this ingeniously satirical novel by Congolese poet and novelist Mabanckou African Psycho creates a microcosm of postcolonial African experience through the tales of sodden bar patrons.

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For Mabanckou, this has national, personal, and literary importance. Stylisticly it’s a strange creature: He considers it one of the primary challenges that writers of his generation face—those born into independent Africa but whose work has yet to receive the kind of international attention and prestige enjoyed by those of the Parisian or American literary establishment.

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.

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One of Francophone Africa’s most prolific contemporary writers, he is the author of six volumes of Alain Mabanckou was born in in Congo-Brazzaville French Congo. Your book will arrive glasa USPS in business days. At the same time, I was intrigued with this blurring of the truth; can we trust the narrator?

His most recent book is African Psycho.