Dancing with Cannibals

Dancing with Cannibals

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Dicho Ilunga's Dancing with Cannibals is an historical novel is set in the Belgian Congo Free State in 1898. The Belgian king --Leopold II--has emptied the prisons into the African back country in an ambitious move to extract the vast natural wealth of a trackless and unknown region. The desperate prisoners forced into this involuntary bargain must abandon all civilized virtues and prey upon the natives in order to satisfy the quotas. The King's ruthless Public Army enforces a regime of mass murder, atrocities, and slavery. Against the background of unspeakable crimes a few brave souls struggle to preserve some semblance of morality and compassion. This daring and original novel has an epic sweep in its confrontation with the worst episode of the colonial exploitation of central Africa. It is unique in its perspective, since the author has no influence from European literature and has never been out of Africa. The themes explored take on many taboo subjects and develop them from a non-Western perspective. Though the narrative at times approaches the atmosphere of such classic texts as Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Dicho Ilunga has never heard of those novels. It is no exaggeration to say that Dancing with Cannibals takes up where other novels about the colonization of Africa end. This is a terrifying story of adventure, love, and injustice in the brutal frontier of the Congo Free State where there are no limits on the violence used to send untold wealth to the heartlessly ruling overlords. Ilunga populates his narrative with a cast of fascinating and complex characters-men and women struggling to survive, struggling to understand their world, and struggling to count for something. The novel is wide in scope and psychologically deep; at the same time is highly entertaining, with each episode leading the reader on and on into a revelation of the heights and depths of the unknown human heart.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 438 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 25mm | 472g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514643960
  • 9781514643969

About Dicho Ilunga

Dicho Ilunga was born and educated in Zaire. He now lives in South Africa.show more