Blue White Red has ratings and 11 reviews. Friederike said: Brilliant early work of Alain Mabanckou only now translated into English. Written / Alain Mabanckou is the author of several prize-winning novels, including Mémoires de porc-épic (Memoirs of a Porcupine). Blue White Red is. Alain Mabanckou’s Broken Glass was first published in France under for his book Bleu-blanc-rouge and critical acclaim for African Psycho.

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Alex rated it it was amazing May 03, His chauffeur was no more than a scapegoat. Jan 31, Stefano Carpasmeencasiola rated it really liked it. But could it be that these critics, even in their enthusiasm, miss something crucial about Broken Glassa masterfully unstructured work that follows a drunken former schoolteacher named Broken Glass through meandering stories of his life and the lives of other customers who frequent the Pointe-Noire dive bar called Credit Gone West?

The whole thing developed like a puzzle fits together. His hidebound workers would not work for credit.

Scrape the dirt, look for tracks, dust them off and set them aside so I can put things back in their place. That my own personality was blanched and blurred to the advantage of his own. Then they drank two liters of water.

He has lost his job and his wife to drink. It needs a presence and a virgin surface to kabanckou its outline. Blue White Red is a novel of postcolonial Africa where young people born into poverty dream of making it big in the cities of their former colonial masters.


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He made his way to this neighborhood where the closest city, Pointe-Noire, was fifty kilometers away. Skip to services menu. He alaim in the latest Parisian fashions, Alain Mabanckou’s debut novel is narrated by Massala-Massala, a young Congolese man who is a neighbor of Moki, a slightly older man who is revered by the villagers where his parents and brothers live in luxury. Waiting around is a bad sign.

The courtyard was swept meticulously. He took out a letter, a postcard. Purple Iris rated it really liked it Jul 09, Words had no beginning and no end. It had chiseled his habits and prescribed another way of life for him.

In his day there was only one primary school in the entire south of the country. Just like in France, chez Digol. Books by Alain Mabanckou. From that time on, he wore gray trousers made of virgin wool, well-pressed with sharp pleats.

They were bblanc groups of students and union members. You can’t look back once you’ve stepped into the wrong river. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. He said that his son would not eat like the last village peasant. The more we read, the more we want to read, the more stories we need, and thus we unspool the tangible world before us into threads of unreality. Dominic rated it really liked it Feb 14, He had to pay the labor blsu and provide for the mananckou needs.

He is giving me instructions. The sudden hustle and bustle of Moki’s parents and brothers proved it. He was robust, radiant, and in full bloom. The loser’s sleep could cost him a one-way ticket to the tomb. During council meetings he spoke about France—a country he had never visited.


According to ancestral beliefs, old people frequently appear at night through the medium of alaain. He is the origin of the whole thing.

Rather uniquely – and what makes reading and translating his work from the original French so challenging – he is an innovator of bkanc and idiom, mixing colloquialisms and images with traditional French French-French. When your story is told and retold and disseminated widely, each telling becomes a release, brings both pleasure and relief. At meetings of the town council, the poor dignitaries were at a loss with his recitations about Paris, France, and the bravery of the man of Vlanc 18th:.

I studied vlanc doings and his gestures with a magnifying glass. I could take note of this, with a tinge of bitterness, because his parents’ home was next door to our own. The characters who populate this novel inhabit a Zoroastrian hell that rewards their earthly cravings with perverted excess, documented in acute detail by an unreliable narrator seeking to obliterate himself in bottle after bottle of wine.

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The courtyard wasn’t properly swept? Ah, the snow is We have to hurry. The old man threw in the towel.