The Rebels' Hour by Lieve Joris

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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.
 

About Lieve Joris

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Joris was born in Belgium. One of Europe's leading travel writers, she has published widely-acclaimed books on Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She lives in Amsterdam.
 
Published March 22, 2010 by Grove Press. 332 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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At a school, a Hutu professor introduces the class to anti-Semitic literature, then goes on to declare that the “Tutsis were exactly like the Jews,” prompting Hutu students to begin chanting, “The only good Tutsi is a dead Tutsi!” But despite the inherent drama of the stories, too much is relayed...

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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 n...

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The Telegraph

That there has been war in Congo for a long time is as much as most outsiders know of the place.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Joris' main character is Zikiya, a Tutsi cowherd from the eastern plains, and the story alternates between his childhood and recent years when he becomes part of Congo's transitional government.

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