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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You become part of their lives and their stories. It is a novel about the way we understand and mediate our collective histories, especially the histories of those who fall outside of mainstream national narratives.

Alain Mabanckou’s Broken Glass

He lacks the vision, the technique, the patience or the purpose. Alain Mabanckou captured such free tale-telling in its essence. Update requests for Bdoken Glass reissue 2 13 Sep 11, Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. They have hardly forgotten, at least on a personal level.

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But this is not just a play fo laughs. With all the stories he is told to write and with all the people and their expectations. Contact us for hlass order. The publisher notes on the back that the book contains the title of classics of international hroken – 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.

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He is a mostly self-educated man, with a curiosity about people and places. French writers from Rimbaud to Chateaubriand find good representation in the pages of Broken Glass. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. In fact, though Broken Glass ruminates regularly on his sex life or lack thereof, since his wife kicked him outthere seem to be almost no females present in Credit Gone West.

Holden even shows up at the end asking about the ducks!

Many of the authors he references, even only in passing, are those who have tackled the challenges of constructing a literary national narrative before him. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

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. 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 There are a lot of references to French and African literature and politics that I’m sure I missed.

But Mabanckou is redeemed by the self-conscious literariness and slain of his writing. It’s a sort of “Cocktail” set in the Congo, almost. I highly recommend it; the humor is my style, precisely because of the narrative style, of the choice of words, and of this morphing of verbs and adjectives and phrases to portray such a powerful image of a micro-world; that of a poor, neglected African “quartier”.


Glss was frustrated that that was not the case for Congo: He is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and decorated authors writing in French today.

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Literary allusions Holden Caulfield has a cameo and gentle ironies punctuate this wickedly entertaining novel. 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. There starts a book with no capitals or full stops, some humorous episodes and reflections of Broken Glass’s world. My friend, who studied French studies right away picked up the references to the history of francophone Africa.

The Hairdresser of Harare: I’ll tell you what they do with the poor little ducks in cold countries during winter time. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. He now spends his days with the cast of characters who frequent the bar Credit Gone West.