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Author Ndala, Blaise, 1972- author.

Title In the belly of the Congo / Blaise Ndala ; translated from the French by Amy B. Reid.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Other Press LLC, [2023]


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Adult Fiction  FIC NDALA, B    Check Shelf
Description xvi, 406 pages ; 21 cm
Note Originally published in French as Dans le ventre du Congo in 2021 by Editions du Seuil, Paris.
Summary "A gripping multigenerational novel that explores the history and human cost of colonialism in the Congo. April 1958. When the Brussels World's Fair opens, Robert Dumont, one of the people responsible for the biggest international event since the end of the Second World War, ends up laying down his arms in the face of pressure from the royal palace: there will be a "Congolese village" in one of the seven pavilions devoted to the settlements. Among the eleven recruits mobilized at the foot of the Atomium to put on a show is the young Tshala, daughter of the intractable king of the Bakuba. The journey of this princess is revealed to us, from her native Kasai to Brussels via LĂ©opoldville, to her forced exhibition at Expo 58, where we lose track of it. Summer 2004. Freshly arrived in Belgium, a niece of the missing princess crosses paths with a man haunted by the ghost of his father. This is Francis Dumont, professor of law at the Free University of Brussels. A succession of events ends up revealing to them the secret carried by the former deputy commissioner of Expo 58 to his tomb. From one century to the next, the novel embraces History with a capital "H," to pose the central question of the colonial equation: can the past pass?"-- Provided by publisher.
Language In English, translated from French.
Subject Congolese (Democratic Republic) -- Belgium -- Fiction.
Belgium -- Colonies -- Fiction.
Congolese (Democratic Republic) (OCoLC)fst00875162
Belgium. (OCoLC)fst01210278
Genre/Form Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
Historical fiction. (OCoLC)fst01726640
Novels. (OCoLC)fst01921742
Historical fiction.
Added Author Reid, Amy Baram, 1964- translator.
Added Title Dans le ventre du Congo. English
Other Form: Online version: Ndala, Blaise. In the belly of the Congo New York : Other Press, 2023 9781635422597 (DLC) 2022029503
ISBN 9781635422580 paperback
1635422582 paperback
9781635422597 electronic book
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