CONGO INC., Bismarck's testament

: Bofane (I.)

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189pp., paperback, Bloomington, 2018


Translated from the French by Marjolijn de Jager.

A novel about Isookanga - a Congolese Pygmy with a vision of the world shaped by an online game where he can seize control of the world's natural resources by any means possible - who leaves his village to make his fortune in Kinshasa.

"Grounded in the lived experience of dynamic characters, this novel mines the multifaceted effects of postcolonialism and globalization on individuals, attesting to the many forms of violence at work in many African countries." Michelle Bumatay, Beloit College

In Koli Jean Bofane was born in 1954 in the northern region of what is today the Democratic Republic of Congo and lives in Belgium. His novels have received numerous awards, including the Grand Prix littéraire de l'Afrique noire, the Grand Prix du Roman Métis, and the Prix des Cinq continents de la Francophonie.