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Alain Mabanckou

Author of Broken Glass

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About the Author

Alain Mabanckou was born in Congo-Brazzavile in 1966. He is the author of Broken Glass (Soft Skull 2010), Memoirs of a Porcupine (Soft Skull 2006) and African Psycho (Soft Skull 2007) among others. He currently divides his time between Paris and California, where he teaches French Literature at show more UCLA. Sara Meli Ansari is a translator and design historian. She holds an undergraduate degree in French studies from the University of Michigan and a Masters degree in the history of culture and design from the Bard Graduate Center. She live with her husband in New York City. show less

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Works by Alain Mabanckou

Broken Glass (2005) 242 copies
Black Moses (2015) 204 copies
Memoirs of a Porcupine (2006) 181 copies
African Psycho (2003) 169 copies
Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty (2010) 80 copies
The Lights of Pointe-Noire (2011) 77 copies
Black Bazar (2009) 70 copies
Blue White Red (1998) — Author — 47 copies
The Tears of the Black Man (2012) — Author — 38 copies
Letter to Jimmy (2007) 31 copies
The Negro Grandsons of Vercingetorix (2002) — Author — 21 copies
Life from Elsewhere: Journeys Through World Literature (2015) — Contributor — 20 copies
Le monde est mon langage (2016) 12 copies
Le Commerce des Allongés (2022) 6 copies
Tais-toi et meurs (2012) 6 copies
Ma Soeur-Etoile (2010) 4 copies
Rumeurs d'Amérique (2020) 4 copies
Katkine Klaas (2019) 3 copies
Congo (2016) 3 copies
Irmã-estrela 2 copies
Le luci di Pointe-Noire (2014) 2 copies
L'Europe depuis l'Afrique (2009) 2 copies
Kuppinurin 1 copy
Le Coq solitaire (2019) 1 copy
Zwierzenia jezozwierza (2015) 1 copy
Peperoncino: 1 (2016) 1 copy

Associated Works

Tram 83 (2014) — Foreword, some editions — 224 copies
Histoire mondiale de la France (2017) — Contributor — 126 copies
The Granta Book of the African Short Story (2011) — Contributor — 95 copies


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There's a lot of literary references to things I haven't read, so I just read it as a kind of folk tale. It works well on that level too, and I liked the way that the normal human view of how animals exist and work for them was depicted from the other side for a change.
caedocyon | 16 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
Sad, funny, sweet. About a boy in an orphanage who then escapes, only to end up there again. Circular in a similar way Blue White Red was. One loses oneself only to end up were one began.
BookyMaven | 8 other reviews | Dec 6, 2023 |
About the “African dandy” in Paris. “Under these circumstances, one will understand that silence, observation, and sometimes contempt lived inside me. I thought that things would go in my favor, suturing the gaping wounds here and there of my disillusionment. I saw the distance sinking between my dirty past and the illusory cocoon of a future. “ (6)
We were allowed to dream. It didn’t cost anything. No exit visa was necessary, no passport, no airline ticket. Think about it. Close your eyes. Sleep. Snore. And there we were, every night...” (20)
Very good. Short, tight tale of a young man chewed up and spit back out by the dream of being an African dandy in Paris.
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BookyMaven | 3 other reviews | Dec 6, 2023 |



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