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Ses moet-lees Maart boeke

Protea Boekhuis het ‘n besige Maart-maand agter die rug gehad. Van verbeeldingryke kinderboeke vir die jongspan, tot geskiedkundige novelles, tot dramatekste wat menslikheid ondersoek, is onlangs geubliseer.

Lees verder oor die volgende ses boeke waarby enige kranige leser sal aanklank vind:
 
 

Die dag is bros/Sandton City GrootdoopDie dag is bros/Sandton City Grootdoop
Wessel Pretorius

AGTERGROND
Twee dramas oor familie, verhoudings, vergifnis en herinneringe. Wat bybly, is dat mense maar net mense is. Dat versoening deel van menswees is. Dat stukkende mense mekaar kan help heel word en dat familie tog familie bly – ondanks omstandighede, persoonlike keuses en uitdagings.

Sandton City grootdoop
‘n Drama oor ’n ma en haar twee dogters wat vir die eerste keer in ’n lang tyd bymekaarkom om die oudste, Danél, se verjaardag in Sandton City te vier. In die proses begin die trio mekaar se verlede, gevoelens en emosies oopkrap met eerlike, en snaakse, oomblikke.
Kara, die ma, is die aktrise wat haar man en kinders op ’n jong ouderdom verlaat het om haar groot droom om wêreldberoemd te word, na te volg. Sy erken dat sy nie bevoeg of beskore was vir moederskap nie, maar probeer tog om tot hulle deur te dring en hulle vertroueling te wees. Haar oudste dogter, Danél, is bipolêr en bly na ‘n onlangse selfmoordpoging weer by haar ma. Sy is naïef en emosioneel en val maklik vir haar ma se manipulasie.
Haar suster, Lisa, is gay en verwyt haar ma dat sy nog niks met haar lewe gedoen het nie. Sy is kwaad en kras en wil graag haar ma skok met haar uitlatings oor seks, maar ’n mens kom agter dat sy eintlik baie kwesbaar is.

“Die minimalisme van die stuk bind jou en hou jou vasgenael tot die einde.” Leonie Bezuidenhout
“Dit is galbitter, snaaks en bitter seer in ewe maat, ’n driekuns wat Pretorius keer op keer regkry. Jy lag, maar jy weet jy moet eintlik ween.” – Leatitia Pople

Die dag is bros
Dis laatmiddag. Elsa, voorheen ’n lektor in Afrikaanse letterkunde, berei ’n driegangmaaltyd voor vir Brian se verjaarsdag. Hy was ’n jeugmisdadiger wat ’n tweede kans gegun is onder Elsa se vlerk. Sy stel hom bloot aan Sheila Cussons en hy vul ’n leemte in haar lewe. Tussendeur word daar speletjies gespeel met Tertius – die vreemde kind wat kersiebloeisels aandra uit Japan. Voor die kos koud kan word sal die dag ’n ingrypende wending neem.

Die dag is bros is benoem vir ’n Fiësta as beste nuutgeskepte Afrikaanse produksie.

OOR DIE OUTEUR
Wessel Pretorius is die wenner van die 2015 Afrikaans Onbeperk-prys vir ’n jong stem.

Voor ek my kom kryVoor ek my kom kry
Pirow Bekker

AGTERGROND
Die omslag van die bundel met sy abstrakte figure suggereer die gesprek wat in hierdie bundel gevoer word met die self, die geliefde, die lewe en die dood. Die digter ondersoek erskillende fasette van ’n lang en kreatiewe lewe. In die eerste afdeling kom die verhouding met die aarde ter sprake; in die tweede afdeling die ambivalente verhouding met die land waarin hy gekies het om te bly woon, ten spyte van die ongenaakbaarheid van klimaat, plae en sosio-politieke kwessies. In die volgende afdelings kyk die digter op ironiese wyse na die dreigende dood wat hom in verskille gedaantes voordoen. Dan volg gedigte oor die liefde: vir die taal, die woord en vir die geliefde vrou. Die fyn humor waarmee die digter na die ouderdom kyk, sorg dat die laaste gedigte nie neerdrukkend is nie, maar die lewe bly omhels, soos in “Hansie Slim herbesin”, waarin gespot word met die “mediese kernplan” waarmee voorsorg vir siekte en ouderdom getref word.

En tog,
die hele infrastruktuur ten spyt
verlaat Hans sy huis, begeef hy hom
op ’n lukraak ryloopreis
die wyer wêreld in.

Daarom kan die digter in die slotgedig terugkyk op die verrassing van ’n lewe wat sonder beplanning of padkaart, sy eie verloop geneem het.

OOR DIE OUTEUR
Pirow Bekker is ’n veelsydige skrywer van romans, kortverhale en poësie. Sy vorige twee bundels, Van roes en amarant (2008) en Atlas teen die vergeetrivier, (2013) is goed ontvang deur die literêre kritiek.

Kroniek van turfKroniek van turf
Dolf van Niekerk

AGTERGROND
Hierdie novelle sluit aan by twee vorige prosawerke van Dolf van Niekerk, naamlik die jeugverhaal Karel Kousop (1985) en Koms van die hyreën (1994). Kroniek van turf is gedeeltelik ’n prequel vir die vorige twee boeke. Dit vertel die geskiedenis van Gerrit, ’n werknemer van die VOC, wat in die 18de eeu begin boer op ’n leningsplaas in die Roggeland. Omstandighede dwing hom om na die distrik Swellendam te verskuif. Sy twee seuns, Johannes en Daniel, soek albei later ook na ’n veiliger blyplek, aanvanklik in die Kamdebo. Onrus op die Oosgrens laat hulle verder trek; Johannes na wat tans die Vrystaat is en Daniel saam met die Voortrekkers na Natal, waar hy en sy vrou slagoffers van die Bloukransmoorde word.
Waar Johannes hom op ’n plaas tussen die Riet- en die Modderrivier vestig, maak hy weer kontak met die Kousop-Boesmans wat hy vroeër naby die Gariep ontmoet het. Tussen Johannes se nageslag en die Boesmans ontwikkel ’n vae, onsekere band wat oor meer as ’n eeu sou strek. Onverwags maak een van Johannes se nasate, Johan, tydens die Bosoorlog kennis met ’n Boesmanspoorsnyer wat ook ’n Kousop-nasaat blyk te wees en wat ’n bepalende rol in ’n grondeis op Johan se plaas tussen die twee riviere sou speel.

OOR DIE OUTEUR
Dolf van Niekerk is ’n bekende en geliefde skrywer van prosawerke soos Die son struikel (1960), Skrik kom huis toe (1968) en Die haasvanger (1985). Sy mees onlangse publikasies, die digbundels Bleek planeet (2012) en Portrette in my gang (2015), is baie goed deur die kritiek ontvang. Hy is meermale vir sy werk bekroon en het onder andere die Eugène Marais-prys, die M.E.R.-prys en die Scheepersprys ontvang.

Die prinses met die lang hareDie prinses met die lang hare
Annemarie van Haeringen

AGTERGROND
In ’n klein, arm landjie woon daar ’n prinses met ongelooflike lang hare. Sy sou dit graag wou afknip, maar haar pa sê dat ’n dame se hare haar kosbaarste sieraad is . . .

‘n Prettige boek vir meisies wat hou van prinsesse, lang hare en sterk mans.

OOR DIE OUTEUR EN ILLUSTREERDER
Annemarie van Haeringen ontvang in 2000 die Nederlandse Gouden Penseel-toekenning vir hierdie boek – ’n eer wat haar ook met Malmok (1999) en Beer is op Vlinder (2005) te beurt geval het. Ander bekroonde werke van haar is Het begin van de zee en Coco of het kleine zwarte jurkje, wat onderskeidelik met ’n Zilveren Griffel en ’n Zilveren Penseel vereer is.
 
 
 

Die storie van ontdekkingsreiseDie Storie van Ontdekkingsreise
Anna Claybourne

AGTERGROND
Vanaf die vroegste tye verken mense al die aardbol op soek na nuwe plekke om te bewoon, verleidelike skatte, asemrowende vergesigte of die roemryke voorreg om die éérste mens op ’n hoë bergpiek te wees.
Hierdie boek vertel die verhale van onverskrokke ontdekkingsreisigers wat dit tot by die ysige pole gewaag het, bloedig warm woestyne oorgesteek het, riviere vol krokodille trotseer of vir die eerste keer reg rondom die aarde geseil het.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lafras Cuyper in VenesiëLafras Cuyper in Venesië
Karl Kielblock

AGTERGROND

Karl Kielblock het verskeie boeke geskryf, waaronder die Lafras Cuyper-reeks baie bekend is en wyd versamel word. Dit handel oor seeavonture in diens van twee oorlogvoerende moondhede vroeg in die 19de eeu. Hierdie is die sesde boek in dié reeks, propvol opwinding, spanning en avontuur!

’n Besoek aan Venesië – dit is ’n droom wat waar word vir die beroemde kaperkaptein Lafras Cuyper. Dié droom word egter ru onderbreek toe Lafras een aand in die donker stegies aangeval word. Voor hy die raaisel oor die aanval kan oplos, roep Napoleon hom terug na Parys. Lafras moet Venesië verlaat – en ook die aanvallige Justina, wat sy hart so gou verower het. Hy moet met die Turkse goewerneur gaan onderhandel oor drie Franse offisiere wat as gyselaars aangehou word. Tussendeur al die lewensgevaarlike avonture, verskyn die beeld van Justina kort-kort voor Lafras. Hy móét haar weer sien. Hy móét weer terugkeer na Venesië … en sy aanvallers.

Die verhaal van Lafras Cuyper is op feite gebaseer.

OOR DIE OUTEUR

Karl Kielblock is ʼn bekende skrywer en selfs ná sy afsterwe bly sy boeke onweerstaanbaar. In 1936 verskyn sy eerste boek Die skat van Java. Sedertdien het daar verskeie romanse, speur- en spanningsverhale asook verskeie jeugverhale die lig gesien. In 1970 ontvang Kielblock die Scheepersprys vir die boek Rebel.

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Shortlist announced for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize, including Angolan author Jose Eduardo Agualusa

A General Theory of OblivionThe Story of the Lost ChildThe Vegetarian
A Strangeness in My MindA Whole LifeThe Four Books

 

Alert! The shortlist for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize has been revealed.

Six books are in contention for the prize, including Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa.

The shortlist was whittled down from a longlist of 13. Six languages are represented, with four countries – Angola, Austria, South Korea and Turkey – appearing for the first time.

Following the 2015 Man Booker International Prize, where eight out of 10 finalists had been originally published in a language other than English, the Booker Prize Foundation announced last year that the Man Booker International would in future be awarded to fiction in translation.

Each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000 (about R20,000) while the £50,000 (about R1-million) prize will be divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry.

The winner will be announced on 16 May.

 
 
2016 Man Booker International shortlist

Title (imprint) Author (nationality) Translator (nationality)

 
 

 
Press release:

Settings range from war-torn Angola to Naples terrorised by the Camorra, from the mountains of Austria to the growing sprawl of Istanbul and from metamorphosis in South Korea to allegorical transformation during the Great Famine in China.

Five of the authors have been nominated for the first time (Yan appeared on the list of finalists in 2013). The nominees include two winners of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: Agualusa (2007) and Pamuk (1990) who also won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006. It is the first appearance on a Man Booker International Prize list for writers from Angola, Austria, South Korea and Turkey.

The translators are predominantly female and of UK or US descent. The youngest are Turkish-born Londoner Ekin Oklap (27) and Deborah Smith (28) who only started learning Korean at the age of 21.

Three independent publishers, Europa Editions, Faber & Faber and Portobello Books, have made it to the shortlist. Penguin Random House has two novels through the imprints Chatto & Windus and Harvill Secker, while Pan Macmillan’s imprint Picador has the final place on the list.

Boyd Tonkin, chair of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, comments:

This exhilarating shortlist will take readers both around the globe and to every frontier of fiction. In first-class translations that showcase that unique and precious art, these six books tell unforgettable stories from China and Angola, Austria and Turkey, Italy and South Korea. In setting, they range from a Mao-era re-education camp and a remote Alpine valley to the modern tumult and transformation of cities such as Naples and Istanbul. In form, the titles stretch from a delicate mosaic of linked lives in post-colonial Africa to a mesmerising fable of domestic abuse and revolt in booming east Asia. Our selection shows that the finest books in translation extend the boundaries not just of our world – but of the art of fiction itself. We hope that readers everywhere will share our pleasure and excitement in this shortlist.

Emmanuel Roman, CEO of Man Group, comments:

We are very proud to sponsor the newly evolved Man Booker International Prize, which recognises the hard work and creativity of both authors and translators, and celebrates talent from all over the world. The prize underscores Man Group’s charitable focus on literacy and education, as well as our commitment to excellence and entrepreneurship in our increasingly diverse and globalised business. Together with the wider charitable activities of the Booker Prize Foundation, the prize plays a very important role in promoting literary excellence on a global scale that we are honoured to support. Many congratulations to all the shortlisted authors and translators.

The list was selected from 155 books by a panel of five judges consisting of: critic and editor Boyd Tonkin; anthropologist and novelist Tahmima Anam; academic David Bellos, Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University; editor and academic Daniel Medin, who holds a comparative literature professorship at the American University of Paris (AUP); and prize-winning British poet and author Ruth Padel.

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New light on Angola’s old shadows: Ayesha Kajee reviews Justin Pearce’s Political Identity and Conflict in Central Angola, 1975-2002

By Ayesha Kajee for the Sunday Times

Political Identity and Conflict in Central Angola, 1975-2002Political Identity and Conflict in Central Angola, 1975-2002
Justin Pearce (Cambridge University Press)
**** (4 stars)

Most narratives of the Angolan civil war, once dubbed “the worst war in the world” by the UN, view it through the lens of ethnic difference or as a Cold War proxy war — the Marxist MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola), now the ruling party, versus the Maoist-turned-capitalist Unita (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola). With Cuba, the Soviet Union and South Africa all having entered the fray at some point, these perspectives have long been accepted as fact.

But Justin Pearce offers a fresh version, based on interviews with ordinary people in towns and rural areas. Pearce’s understanding is that at the time of Angola’s rushed independence from Portugal in 1975, there was no broad identity or ideological split across the Angolan citizenry. “People simply became MPLA or Unita supporters depending on the proximity of the armed groups.” With each side providing jobs and services in the areas it controlled, the war became a never-ending story, feeding on itself and lasting 27 years with a total body count of about half a million.

Many people changed allegiances on the basis of self-interest and expediency, some doing so multiple times. One narrator tells how for the first part of a train journey, his mother had to pledge loyalty to Unita, but after a certain station, when they had entered MPLA territory, she swore allegiance to the MPLA.

Pearce’s even-handedness is evident in the narrative, favouring neither side, even though the majority of his interviews are from former Unita strongholds, as he ventures into the little-studied central areas of the country. He lays bare the devastation that the war and its aftermath have wreaked on the population of this oil- and diamond-rich nation, and is chillingly bleak about the short- to medium-term prospects for change, despite the sporadic anti-regime protests that have erupted in Luanda in recent years. Pearce notes that recent economic reverses will make it “more difficult for the government to maintain its patronage networks and to continue to invest in repression [of critics]”.

On the prospects for a cohesive national identity, Pearce says that “while people may have a sense of being Angolan regardless of their political affiliation” they have divergent ideas about what “Angolan” means. “The MPLA comes out of an urban, Portuguese-speaking nationalism [while] Unita comes out of a central Angolan nationalism in which African identity was far more important.”

Since the war ended, these differences “have become less explicit”, but the government propagates “a not-so-subtle message that anyone who is not with the MPLA is not properly Angolan”.

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2016 Man Booker International Prize longlist revealed – including Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila and Angolan Jose Eduardo Agualusa

Fiston Mwanza Mujila and José Eduardo Agualusa

 
Alert! The 2016 Man Booker International Prize longlist has been revealed, including Fiston Mwanza Mujila, who hails from Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa.

Tram 83Mujila, who has been longlisted for his debut novel Tram 83, will be in South Africa for the Time of the Writer Festival from 14 March, as one of the three authors shortlisted for this year’s Etisalat Prize for Literature.

The French original of Tram 83 was a French Voices 2014 grant recipient and won the Grand Prix du Premier Roman des SGDL, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards, including the Prix du Monde. The novel was translated by Robert Glasser, winning a 2015 PEN Translates Award.

A General Theory of OblivionJournalist and writer Agualusa has been longlisted for A General Theory of Oblivion. Agualusa was awarded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007 – becoming the first African to win that award – and his books have been translated into 25 languages.

Following the 2015 Man Booker International Prize, where eight out of 10 finalists had been originally published in a language other than English, the Booker Prize Foundation announced last year that the Man Booker International would in future be awarded to fiction in translation. From 2016, the prize will be awarded annually for a single work of fiction, translated into English and published in the UK, rather than every two years for a writer’s entire body of work. Both novels and collections of short stories are eligible.

The 2016 Man Booker International shortlist of six books will be announced on 14 April, with each author and translator receiving £1,000 (about R21,500). The winner will be announced on 16 May, with the £50,000 prize being divided equally between the author and the translator.

From the Man Booker International:

The Man Booker International Prize is delighted to reveal the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 books in contention for the 2016 Prize, celebrating the finest in global fiction.

This is the first longlist ever to have been announced for the Man Booker International Prize, which has joined forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and is now awarded annually on the basis of a single book. The £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author of the winning book and its translator. The judges considered 155 books.

See the full list:

A General Theory of OblivionThe Story of the Lost ChildThe VegetarianMend the LivingMan TigerThe Four BooksTram 83
A Cup of RageLadivineDeath by WaterWhite HungerA Strangeness in My MindA Whole Life

 
2016 Man Booker International Prize longlist:

José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola) Daniel Hahn, A General Theory of Oblivion (Harvill Secker)

Elena Ferrante (Italy) Ann Goldstein, The Story of the Lost Child (Europa Editions)

Han Kang (South Korea) Deborah Smith, The Vegetarian (Portobello Books)

Maylis de Kerangal (France) Jessica Moore, Mend the Living (Maclehose Press)

Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia) Labodalih Sembiring, Man Tiger (Verso Books)

Yan Lianke (China) Carlos Rojas, The Four Books (Chatto & Windus)

Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo/Austria) Roland Glasser, Tram 83 (Jacaranda)

Raduan Nassar (Brazil) Stefan Tobler, A Cup of Rage (Penguin Modern Classics)

Marie NDiaye (France) Jordan Stump, Ladivine (Maclehose Press)

Kenzaburō Ōe (Japan) Deborah Boliner Boem, Death by Water (Atlantic Books)

Aki Ollikainen (Finland) Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah, White Hunger (Peirene Press)

Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) Ekin Oklap, A Strangeness in My Mind (Faber & Faber)

Robert Seethaler (Austria) Charlotte Collins, A Whole Life (Picador)

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Stephen Marks Reviews Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War by Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil WarVerdict: carrot

In this tight, lucidly written, and impressively researched survey Ricardo Soares de Olivera teases out the themes and threads that explain or at least illuminate the paradoxes. The insertion of Angola’s elite into global economic networks is certainly not new – it defines Angola’s history from its ‘violent inclusion’ in the 15th century. While as late as 1904 Portugal controlled as little as ten per cent of the territory the key coastal enclaves had been under Portuguese rule for centuries. Their trading connections and political alliances with the interior, originally based largely but not exclusively on slavery, were the embryo of what became Angola.

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Phyllis Green resenseer boeke oor oorlog: Recce deur Koos Stadler, Donker stroom deur Carel van der Merwe en nóg

RecceDonker stroomSouth African BattlesChurchill's South Africa
Back to AngolaThe Battle of SavateWorld War One and the People of South Africa

Uitspraak: wortels

Vir almal wat nogal altyd nuuskierig was oor wie en wat die recces was, is hierdie boek ’n moet-lees. Stadler skryf biografies oor sy eie ervarings, maar hy dokumenteer ook breedvoerig hoe hierdie eenheid gefunksioneer het. Vroeër jare het daar ’n sluier van geheimhouding en misterie oor die recces gehang. Boonop was daar ook ’n klomp onsinnige kletspraatjies wat Jan Publiek goedsmoeds geglo het, natuurlik versprei deur mans wat nie deel was van dié eenheid nie, maar wat graag wou hê dat die reputasie van die recces hulle ook moes omvou. Vir gewone mense was die recces vreesloos en ongelooflike dapper soldate, maar ook mans wat so bietjie gevrees moes word. As jy Stadler se boek lees, besef jy hulle was inderdaad soldate waarmee rekening gehou moes word, juis omdat hulle nougeset was in hoe hulle opdragte uitgeoefen het.

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Join Justin Pearce for the Launch of Political Identity and Conflict in Central Angola, 1975–2002 at WiSER

Political Identity and Conflict in Central Angola, 1975–2002Cambridge University Press and WiSER are pleased to invite you to the launch of Political Identity and Conflict in Central Angola, 1975–2002 by Justin Pearce.

The author will be speaking about the key themes of his book with Rafael Marques and Claudia Gastrow, who are experts on Angola.

The launch will be at WiSER at Wits University on Tuesday, 8 September, at 5:30 for 6 PM.

Don’t miss out!

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 8 September 2015
  • Time: 5:30 for 6 PM
  • Venue: WiSER
    6th Floor Richard Ward building
    Wits East Campus
    1 Jan Smuts Avenue
    Braamfontein | Map
  • Panel: Rafael Marques and Claudia Gastrow
  • Refreshments: Light refreshments will be served

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Louise Redvers Reviews Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola since the Civil War by Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola since the Civil WarVerdict: carrot

Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War is an expertly researched and simply told historical and political overview of one of sub-Saharan Africa’s least understood countries.

Author Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, an associate professor in comparative politics at the University of Oxford, combines academic research with a storyteller’s powers of observation after years of fieldwork and personal interviews. His detailed explanations flow easily and are laced with nuanced comments. They give the reader a rare and deep understanding of this complex nation, its violent past and its push for modernity.

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Karina M Szczurek Reviews Back to Angola by Paul Morris

Back to AngolaVerdict: carrot

In the beginning of Back to Angola, Morris mentions that he doesn’t consider himself a brave man. But only a brave man could have written this book. It is “my truth”, he says, but it is the kind of personal intimate truth which has universal appeal. A quarter of a century after his first involuntary visit to Angola in 1987 at the height of the military conflict, Morris decided to return to the country of his nightmares and confront what he refers to his “shadow side”.

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Simon Kuper Reviews Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola since the Civil War by Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola since the Civil WarVerdict: carrot

Angola has the same Gini coefficient for inequality as apartheid SA (though a touch better than today’s Manhattan). Yet this little-studied kleptocracy is an accepted part of the western system.

Expat western workers keep Angola ticking. Angolan oligarchs inhabit the global luxury economy of British public schools, Swiss asset managers, Hermes stores …

In fact, argues the Oxford political scientist Ricardo Soares de Oliveira in his marvellous new book, Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War, we live in “an oligarch’s ideal world”.

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