Alain Mabanckou's Broken Glass PDF

By Alain Mabanckou

ISBN-10: 1593763719

ISBN-13: 9781593763718

Alain Mabanckou’s riotous new novel facilities at the consumers of a run-down bar within the Congo. In a rustic that looks to have forgotten the significance of remembering, a former schoolteacher and bar ordinary nicknamed damaged Glass has been elected to checklist their tales for posterity. yet damaged Glass fails spectacularly at staying out of difficulty as one denizen after one other desires to rewrite historical past in an test at ensuring his portrayal will appropriately mirror their fascinating and dynamic lives. Despondent over this obvious triumph of self-delusion over self-awareness, damaged Glass drowns his sorrows in purple wine and riffs at the nice books of Africa and the West. Brimming with existence, demise, and literary allusions, damaged Glass is Mabanckou’s best novel — a mocking satire of the hazards of creative integrity.

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Det var som vi nå, etter disse voldsomme anfallene, ikke hadde noe mer å si til hverandre. . ikke lenger hadde noe å skjule for hverandre. . ikke behøvde forstille oss . . Det var ikke noe mer a finne ut av. Jobben var gjort. Jeg syntes verken hun var ynkelig eller spesielt vakker der hun lå ved foten av den tilgrisete toalett skålen. . Men hun var ikke lenger omgitt av noe mysterium. Interessen for henne datt ut av meg som om noen hadde åpnet en luke. Etter dette brydde vi oss ikke noe videre.

Det eneste som sto i hodet på henne var ufo'er og risikoen for kjønnssykdommer. Hun kravlet med edderkopp fingrene sine overalt, som om hun prøvde a gi mei; gåsehud og hapci den (gåsehuden) skulle ta fra meg motet til å dra, skremme meg vekk (det vil si: tilbake) fra verden der ute, den jeg uansett ikke visste stort om, der hadde hun jo allerede et stort forsprang. Stemmen hennes forandret seg i løpet av disse siste dagene, husker jeg, som om alt ble trangere i kroppen på henne. Men jeg rev meg allikevel løs til slutt, selv om det fortonet seg som noe av en umulighet, å kutte båndene til en dominerende mors uimotståelige sjarme.

Mon tro hvilke tanker han gjorde seg. Men han tålte det vel, jeg vil tro at han etter en stund ble vant med at folk så ham dypt inn i halsgropen og ikke i øynene. Der hang det fordømte øyet, inne mellom lasene av mykt skinn, det kikket på meg hver gang jeg så i hans retning, det kikket selv når han lå på sofaen om ettermiddagene og sov. Et snakkende øye, det var det det var, utgytende en gang imellom noen harde rap som skulle ligne på ord. Jeg forsto aldri hva han sa. Men så var det heller ikke ofte han skrudde på anlegget for min skyld.

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