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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Alain Mabanckou’s Broken Glass

It was originally on my Africa reading glase because otherwise, the only book I’ve read set in the Congo is the typical Heart of Darkness. I was shocked to see later on that there was no literature in these languages. One of Francophone Africa’s most prolific contemporary writers, he is the author of six volumes of poetry and six novels.

It started well but petered out when BG started to talk about the process of writing. It’s a sort of “Cocktail” set in the Congo, almost. I finished working through Broken Glass with students in my Francophone Literacy Narratives course yesterday.

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After a few big, dour, historical reads, it was good to get into a Fiction Book alzin and a novella to boot, clocking in at barely over pages, so it’s not too intimidating.

English Choose a language for shopping. The themes of self-delusion and self-awareness are central, and Mabanckou invites us to ponder whether the narrator is peddling an alternative history, just as other customers of the bar seem to be.

Heidi Seaborn and Martin Ott Torn in the sky: French writers from Rimbaud to Chateaubriand find good representation in the pages of Alaiin Glass. In many instances, the endless stream of commas make grammatical sense even if they would be mangled by any traditional proofreaderbut the text regularly indicates clear breaks in thought mmabanckou narrative that appear to be willfully marked by commas rather than periods.


Even the weird grammar and odd writing style without proper punctuation or much capitalization eventually make sense given the unreliable narrator. Then it’s depressing and everymanish.

There are serious things here as the art the journal collides with the reality of the characters and the reality of Broken Glass himself. You become part of their lives and their stories.

Though it might be a hit among mabanckoh male students of literature with an admiration for Bukowski, and the likes. 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. Broken Glass spends his time drinking red wine in a bar, everyday for years.

This questioning extends to Mabanckou himself, and I ask myself how much of those stories are the work of fiction and how much of them are, at least, inspired by true events? Share your thoughts with other customers. Shopbop Designer Mabanvkou Brands. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Set up a giveaway. 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.

I bet there’d be all sorts of themes you could pull here, if you wanted. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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Here’s a description of a fist fight between Broken and another damaged patron, other customers gather to witness, ” This is a hard read, but worthwhile. Rather uninteresting book about literary drunkenness in a congolese bar and just consider the missed potential in that sentence!

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There are a lot of references to French and African literature and politics that I’m sure I missed. Holden even shows up at the end asking about the ducks! Your books are on their way!

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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 glzss 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 is a quirky book with lots of clever pivots to literature, arts, politics, popular culture, religion, etc.

Showing of 13 reviews. He lacks the vision, the technique, the patience or the purpose. Alain Mabanckou is a novelist, journalist, poet, and academic. But Mabanckou is redeemed by the self-conscious literariness and irreverence of his writing.

At the same time, I was intrigued with this blurring of the truth; can we trust the narrator? I was afraid I would find this style of writing distracting, but the book held my interest throughout. Literary allusions lace these ramblings.

It may shine through in my description, that I’m not really amused. Our narrator eventually grows impatient with the task he has been burdened with. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Start reading Broken Glass on your Kindle in under a minute.