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In the Footsteps of MR. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in the Congoby Michela Wrong
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Known as the Leopard, the president of Zaire for thirty-two years, Mobutu Sese Seko, showed all the cunning of his namesake — seducing Western powers, buying up the opposition, and dominating his people with a devastating combination of brutality and charm. While the population was pauperized, he plundered the country's copper and diamond resources, downing pink champagne in his jungle palace like some modern-day reincarnation of Joseph Conrad's crazed station manager.
Michela Wrong, a correspondent who witnessed Mobutu's last days, traces the rise and fall of the idealistic young journalist who became the stereotype of an African despot. Engrossing, highly readable, and as funny as it is tragic, In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz assesses the acts of the villains and the heroes in this fascinating story of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mr Kurtz, the colonial white master, brought evil to the remote reaches of the Congo River. A century after "Heart of Darkness" was published, the author revisits the Congo as the era of Mobutu Sese Seko collapses into anarchy. Here is a portrait of the grotesque as the confusion takes over.
A century after Conrad's "Heart Of Darkness", Michela Wrong visits the Congo during the turbulent reign of Mobuto Sese Seko. A story of dark comedy and social turmoil, which is a testament to the strength of the human spirit in a country gone mad. 16pp b/w illus.
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