A novel by French-Congolese author Alain Mabanckou has been ranked among the 100 best books of the 21st century by the Guardian.

Set in the Republic of Congo, Broken Glass tells the story of a regular visitor to a run-down drinking bar called Credit Gone West. The bar owner, Stubborn Snail, commissions Broken Glass to record the stories of the many characters who frequent it. The stories mirror the self-serving explanations and “drunken ramblings” of the visitors’ failed lives, expressed in “tragic, funny, and sometimes spectacularly vulgar” terms. Nonetheless, the regulars still think themselves virtuous and unique.

The book is written in a funny and ironic but captivating style, and widely read in Francophone Africa.