|Pages/Publication Date:||286 / 2015|
In August 2005, Anjan Sundaram abandoned his pursuit of a doctorate in mathematics to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and refashion himself as a journalist. He found a country that was diseased, corrupt, and continually poised on the cusp of war—and a particularly hard place to be a fledgling reporter. Sundaram describes the grueling reality of daily existence in the Congo, intimately outlining his own struggle to make sense of life in a world where cab rides can end at gunpoint and rebel generals are only a phone call away.
"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."—Pico Iyer