One blogger’s personal bridge to nowhere

Joseph Conrad’s favorite African country

On the recent upsurge in violence in eastern Congo, The Economist opens with this:

Of all the many tragic countries in Africa, Congo comes closest to the caricature that Africans bitterly and understandably resent: Joseph Conrad’s “heart of darkness”.

First, it’s not just “Africans” who “bitterly” — and, as The Economist oh-so-charitably grants, “understandably” — “resent” the stereotype of their country as a pit of evil and inhumanity.  It’s also, of course, just plain wrong — not to mention outdated, racist, and extremely counterproductive to a more nuanced understanding of the country’s situation.

Second, there might be a reason why the Congo “comes closest” to Conrad’s “heart of darkness.”  That’s where the book took place.


October 31, 2008 - Posted by | media | ,

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