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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I don’t think Mabanckou tried hard enough; the book was too angry, too uninvested and too self-assured.

Refresh mabancckou try again. Literary allusions lace these ramblings. Buy the selected items together This item: English Choose a language for shopping. Only names and places start with capitals.

Overall, an odd book to judge. Only names and places start with capitals. The Memory of Love. 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 mabanckoy the syllabuses of post-colonial literature alajn. I’d be happy to share discussion questions if anyone is interested – let me know!

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But if that was its goal, the book got derailed at some point and becames something more scattered and less revealing, something frail and sorry.

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This book is told in one of the most remarkable voices I’ve seen in a aoain, and it has the best piss scene ever written. The way it is written, without any punctation or capitals is weird in the beginning, but the longer you read the more you understand, that this is part of the story.


Ships from and sold by Amazon. Sadness repeats itself and never ends. I finished working through Broken Glass with students in my Francophone Literacy Narratives course yesterday.

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This book has no full stops, it just runs on and on, with the pointless tales of the drunk men and the women they blame for their misfortune and where that trick makes me fly through the pages in a Saramago book, here it’s alani an annoying mess maybe there’s a linguistic beauty groken some of the rambling on in the french original, I wouldn’t know, if so it didn’t really translate.

This means that the reader sometimes glosses over significant portions of the novel as she stumbles through the language.

Mabanckou, a Congolese writer who moved to Paris at the age of twenty-two to pursue a career in law, has spoken extensively about the challenges of breaking into the literary establishment.

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. The Printer is institutionalized and, eventually, deported back to Africa, at which point he takes up the drink and suffers himself to the constant company of the Black community he had grown to despise as a young man in Paris. I was frustrated that that was not the case for Congo: Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.


These parts are not always cheerful, rather sad. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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There are a lot of references to French and African literature and politics that I’m sure I missed. This task is not particularly challenging. The author mabahckou Broken Glass, Alain Mabanckou, has taken many liberties with punctuation and capitalization in this book, giving it an almost stream-of-consciousness feeling. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

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Dec 11, Javier rated it it was amazing. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller brojen Order Number Here’s what you got Which ships to. He used to be a teacher, a calling that he loved, but his alcoholism led him to do many unacceptable things in the classroom until he was finally fired. 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.

A lovely read and more than worth its 5-stars. Return wlain Book Page.

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. The author of seven novels and six collections of poetry, Alain Mabanckou is already mabanciou known and celebrated across the Francophone world.

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