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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His novels have been translated into more than fifteen languages, including Hebrew, Korean, Spanish, Catalan, and Norwegian.

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Alain Mabanckou’s Broken Glass

This is a quirky book with lots of clever pivots to literature, arts, politics, popular culture, religion, etc. A,ain author of seven novels and six collections of poetry, Alain Mabanckou is already well known and celebrated across the Francophone world. So I discovered that in Kenya, for instance, you can have great literature in Kikuyu and Swahili.

The story that unfolds is written in unbroken prose, as the Stubborn Snail observes when he reads the notebook, sighing: For Mabanckou, this has national, personal, and literary importance.

Despondent over this apparent triumph of self-delusion over self-awareness, Broken Glass drowns his sorrows in red wine and riffs on the great books of Africa and the West. It has layers that reveal themselves as it goes. How Long ’til Black Future Month?: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


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This means that the reader sometimes glosses over significant portions of the novel as she stumbles through the language. Much of the writing from Africa or at least most of the stuff we get to see is of an earnest or grim character, and it makes a pleasant change to encounter a writer who isn’t afraid of a laugh – even if his work is destined for the syllabuses of post-colonial literature courses.

This means that before six I was speaking five or six African languages: A brand-new edition of an irreverent, allusive, scatalogical, tragicomic masterpiece from one of our greatest living Francophone writers. Buy the selected items together This item: After a few big, dour, historical reads, it was good to get into a Fiction Book — and a novella to boot, clocking in at barely over pages, so it’s not too intimidating.

The novel is presented as the notebook Broken Glass fills. There are so many hidden marvels that an average reader will probably pick up about one third of them. When I was in high school, we first read Anglophone literature. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.


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The bar owner, Stubborn Snail, asks Broken to create a chronicle of the other inhabitants. Signs Preceding the End of the World. I recommend this little number. Heidi Seaborn and Martin Ott Torn in the sky: Definitely, some young people might like him.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. And there are some pretty tough scenes as well, but there’s still a lot of humor and this man know how to write. He was selected by the French publishing trade journal Lire as one of the fifty writers to watch out for in the coming century. See all 13 reviews.

This is a hard read, but worthwhile. Glasss author of Broken Glass, Alain Mabanckou, has taken many liberties with punctuation and capitalization in this book, giving it an almost stream-of-consciousness feeling.

I’d be happy to share discussion questions if anyone is interested – let me know! This task is not particularly challenging.

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