Alain Mabanckou

Alain Mabanckou is a prolific Francophone Congolese writer known for his novels, poems, and essays. Born on February 24, 1966, in the Republic of the Congo, he is recognized for his contributions to African literature and his works often explore themes of African identity, diaspora, and the postcolonial experience. Mabanckou has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Prix Renaudot in 2006 for his novel 'Memoirs of a Porcupine'. He currently resides in the United States, where he has taught literature at UCLA.


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  1. 1. Broken Glass

    "Broken Glass" is a satirical novel that takes place in a seedy bar in the Congo. The narrator, a disgraced schoolteacher known as Broken Glass, has been commissioned by the bar's owner to write about the bar and its regulars. The story is a chaotic, humorous, and poignant exploration of the lives of these characters, their histories, and their relationships, all told in a single, run-on sentence without any full stops.