Alain Mabanckou with Helen Stevenson - World Literature Weekend 2010

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Alain Mabanckou with Helen Stevenson - World Literature Weekend 2010

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The wit and energy of Congolese novelist Alain Mabanckou have been enlivening the French literary scene for many years, during which he’s won several major prizes, including the Prix Renaudot in 2006 for Mémoires de Porc-Epic. English readers can discover his inventiveness and exuberance in two of his novels. His African Psycho is an inept and chaotic serial killer thousands of miles removed from Easton Ellis’ Patrick Bateman. And in Broken Glass - shortlisted for the 2010 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize - the eponymous narrator, a disgraced school teacher and regular at the bar Credit Gone West, is asked by its landlord to fill a notebook with his customers' stories; the resultant outpouring, funny and irreverent as it is, becomes a wild reflection on storytelling as self-mythologising and the interplay between African and French literary culture.

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