Verre Cassé (Broken Glass) by Alain Mabanckou

Alain Mabanckou
What happens to a Congolese man who is anxious to demonstrate the failings of the Black community in Paris, and repeatedly insists that he is not a racist? You will find the answer in the populair French novel Verre Cassé, or in English, Broken Glass by French writer Alain Mabanckou.

The author of seven novels and six collections of poetry, Alain Mabanckou is already well known and celebrated across the Francophone world. His novels have been translated into more than fifteen languages, including Hebrew, Korean, Spanish, Catalan, and Norwegian. In 2006, he was awarded France’s prestigious Prix Renaudot for his novel Mémoires de por-épic (Memoirs of a Porcupine), a literary interpretation of a number of African folktales. He is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and decorated authors writing in French today, according to Critical Flame.

Alain Mabanckou was born in Congo-Brazzaville in 1966. He spent his childhood in the coastal city of Pointe-Noire where he received his baccalaureate in Letters and Philosophy at the Lycée Karl Marx. After preliminary law classes at The Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville, he received a scholarship to go to France at the age of 22.