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A dreamlike account of the beginning of a nightmare
on 14 June 2011
One of the finest books about modern Angola Kapuchinski's eyewitness accounts of the evacuation of the Portuguese, independence, the South African invasion and the beginnings of the Angolan civil war crackles with versimilitude, and reads like poetry.
He captures beautifully the city of Luanda and the sureality of its emptying of settlers in the face of decolonisation, the terror of road convoys through bloodily contested countryside, and ordinary rhythms of life that go on in the midst of cataclysm.
It is an extraordinary work of journalism, gripping as a thriller and moving as a tragedy. Beautiful.