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The Rebels' Hour

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Lieve Joris has long been considered “one of the best journalists in the world” (Libération, France) and in The Rebels’ Hour she illuminates the dark heart of contemporary Congo through the prism of one lonely, complicated man—a rebel leader named Assani who becomes a high-ranking general in the Congolese army. As we navigate the chaos of his lawless country alongside him, the pathologically evasive Assani stands out in relief as a man who is both monstrous and sympathetic, perpetrator and victim.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 31, 2008 – Award-winning journalist Joris (Back to the Congo, Mali Blues) gracefully re-imagines the non-fiction genre in this work of "literary reportage," an exhaustively researched, colorfully executed look at war-torn Congo that was released in Joris's native Holland as nonfiction and in France as a novel (the facts are true, though her subjects could be evasive). A profound portrait of a man and his times, the book follows the life of Assani, a Tutsi cowherd who abandons the tribe of his youth to fight in the Congolese wars, where he becomes a distinguished military man, rising through the ranks of government even as he becomes deeply jaded by the chaos, destruction and suffering around him. Joris's Congo is a fragmented mess of political aggression, ethnic clashes and disintegrating national unity, and if the breakdown of Joris's hero parallels the nation's collapse a bit too neatly, it's made up for in the author's deft handling of Assani's slippery perspective: "Families paralyzed you; everyone clung to everyone else and they kept asking each other for advice. Assani was against that sort of dependence-it made you lazy." Joris presents a bare, honest and powerful tableau that illuminates the African delimma in hauntingly personal terms.
The Rebels' Hour
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Africa
  • Published: Mar 22, 2010
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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