God and the Crocodiles

A trip through the Congo

Original Title: Gott und die Krokodile

Paperback, with flaps, 272 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-55125-7
€ 14.99 [D] | € 15.50 [A] | CHF 21.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Pantheon

Date of publication: February 8, 2011
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Andrea  Böhm - God and the Crocodiles


An encounter with the true Congo

Andrea Böhm takes us on a journey of discovery through the Congo.

She leads us to the lively, noisy heat of the capital city, Kinshasa – formerly called "la Belle" but now only known as "la Poubelle", the garbage bin. She follows the tracks of an American missionary, who in the 1890s lived among the Kuba tribe deep in the jungle, and meets one of the mysterious Mai-Mai fighters who are made invincible by a magic potion. She also takes a look at the world's biggest diamond mines and visits the crisis zone in the Kivu provinces, where hundreds of thousands of people took refuge after the genocide in Rwanda.

More than anything else, however, Andrea Böhm tells the story of the people she meets: hard-working market women, "bewitched" street kids, clever local politicians – all of them have become true masters of improvisation in the daily state of emergency.


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