Country Focus: Republic of the Congo
By Alain Mabanckou
Translated by Helen Stevenson
Originally published as Verre casséby Éditions du Seuil, 2010.
My edition: Soft Skull, 2010.
Time period: Contemporary
A nearly permanent resident of the bar Credit Gone West, Broken Glass fills his time drinking glasses of Sovinco Red and eating plates of bicycle chicken. He’s presented with a new diversion when the bar’s owner, Stubborn Snail, gives the ex-teacher a notebook and tells him to write “a book about us, a book about this place, there’s no other place like it on earth.” Stubborn Snail is not exaggerating; the bar’s opening…
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