by Lieve Joris
Joris, a Flemish journalist, appears to be a most intrepid traveler as she relates the experiences of a lengthy trip throughout the Zaire of President Mobutu. She visited the discos of the rowdy Matonge district (shunned by compatriots living and working in Kinshasa), took an amazing boat trip up the Zaire River, and was imprisoned on suspicion of spying after unwittingly trespassing on military property. Her once youthful fascination has resulted in an ability to achieve real connections within a difficult country. Detailing Zaire's history, current political climate, and the living conditions of its people, this is a mature, enlightened account by a woman of intelligence and expansive humanity.
Hardcover: 250 pages