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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (2 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782392491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782392491
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You have found a rare talent in Anjan Sundaram. I loved his coming of age, not just professionally but intimately and privately, set against the Congo morass. It takes a brave writer to admit to utter bewilderment, so I salute not just his honesty but his spirit. -- Tim Butcher, author of the Sunday Times bestseller, Blood River Anjan Sundaram's prose is so luscious, whether he's writing about mathematics or colonial architecture or getting mugged, that the words come alive and practically dance on the page. Stringer is first book, about a year-long journey to Congo; reading it made me feel like I'd follow him anywhere in the world. -- Barbara Demick, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nothing to Envy With an incisive intellect and senses peeled raw, Sundaram takes us on a mesmerizing journey through the vibrant shambles of modern Congo. This is that rare work of reportage that achieves true literary greatness, and it can stand proudly next to V.S. Naipaul or Ryzard Kapuscinski. -- Richard Grant What a debut! It's not often one reads a book of reportage from a difficult foreign country with such fever-dream immediacy, such tense intelligence, and such an artful gift for story-telling. Here is a commanding new writer who comes to us with the honesty, the intensity, and the discerning curiosity of the young Naipaul. -- Pico Iyer In lucid and searing prose, and with bracing self-awareness, Anjan Sundaram explores a country that has long been victimized by the ever-renewed greeds of the modern world. Stringer is one of those very rare books of journalism that transcend their genre - and destiny as ephemera - and become literature. -- Pankaj Mishra Congo, with all its mystery, its beauty, its darkness its poverty, its wealth, its warmth and its violence came alive under the pen of this debutante author... As the book races towards the finish, you wonder whether you were reading a fascinating fictional drama set in a troubled land but you realize it's all too true and that's what makes this book quite scary and yet beautiful. -- India Today

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A brilliant and thrilling memoir of a dangerous and disorienting year of self-discovery in the Congo, set against the backdrop of the explosively violent 2006 elections

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