Verre cassé

Verre cassé

Alain Mabanckou’s riotous new novel centers on the patrons of a run-down bar in the Congo. 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. But Broken Glass fails spectacularly at staying out of trouble as one denizen after another wants to rewrite history in an attempt at making sure his portrayal will properly reflect their exciting and dynamic lives. 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. Brimming with life, death, and literary allusions, Broken Glass is Mabanckou’s finest novel — a mocking satire of the dangers of artistic integrity.

Title:Verre cassé
Edition Language:French
ISBN:9782020849531
Format Type:Pdf, Epub, pdb, txt, docx, doc, ibook

    Verre cassé Reviews

  • Kinga

    When on our way back from Międzyzdroje we had to wait in an enormous queue to buy our train tickets, my sister volunteered to take first turn while the rest of us sat on benches in the shadow. When m...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This was a difficult book to read! 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. It was originally on my Africa 2016 ...

  • Nino Frewat

    This book must be read in French. I read a couple of excerpts translated into English, and I honestly felt the rhythm, the flow of the words, the repetition of expressions, and most certainly the humo...

  • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship

    this is a novella written entirely without periods, or capital letters at the beginnings of sentences, because there aren’t any beginnings, an entire 10-page chapter can consist entirely of one run-...

  • Marc Gerstein

    If you aren’t scared off by the first page (where you realize the entire novel is written without capital letters or end-of-sentence punctuation and no paragraph breaks (the breaks that do occur are...

  • Nathaniel

    Alain Mabanckou already knows most of what’s wrong with his book. After a hundred and twenty odd pages of his desultory jabbering he lays out, nice and clean:“I’d write down words as they came t...

  • Calzean

    Maybe something was lost in the translation but a could have been great book became an OK one. Broken Glass spends his time drinking red wine in a bar, everyday for years. The owner of the bar asks hi...

  • Paul Fulcher

    "When I asked why he was so set on this notebook, he said he didn’t want Credit Gone West just to vanish one day, and added that people in this country have no sense of the importance of memory, tha...

  • Cynthia

    This is a quirky book with lots of clever pivots to literature, arts, politics, popular culture, religion, etc. In fact the best parts of the book are when Mabanckou goes off on a jazz like riff where...

  • Anetq

    Rather uninteresting book about literary drunkenness in a congolese bar (and just consider the missed potential in that sentence!) Though it might be a hit among young male students of literature with...