Pandora In The Congo

Pandora In The Congo

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It is 1914. In the heart of the Belgian Congo, Garvey, a bedraggled British manservant, emerges from the jungle. He is the lone survivor of a mining expedition in which both his masters have died, and all of the party's African porters have fled. With him, he carries two huge diamonds.

From his prison cell in London, Garvey recounts his horrific and thrilling ordeal. Young Tommy Thomson is assigned to transcribe Garvey's story and only he can untangle the extraordinary mysteries of the Garvey case.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 297g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • No
  • 1847671241
  • 9781847671240
  • 520,914

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'A rip-roaring historical adventure.'
Scotland on Sunday

It is 1914. From the jungle at the heart of the Belgian Congo emerges a British manservant named Garvey. He is the lone survivor of a mining expedition in which both his masters have died, and all of the party's African porters have fled. With him, he carries two huge diamonds.

From his prison cell in London, Garvey recounts his horrific and thrilling ordeal. Young Tommy Thomson must transcribe Garvey's story and only he can unpick fact from fiction amidst the extraordinary mysteries of the Garvey case.

'Pinol is possessed of an exceptional, fecund and devious imagination.'
David Mitchell

'Going into that realm of hyperbolic fabulation where Umberto Eco has long made safari, this marks Pinol's emergence as a significant European writer.'
Giles Poden, Guardian

'Full of sci-fi happenings and tall tales, this sparky romp is addictive.'
Financial Times
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Review Text

A literary dynamite charge. Independent on Sunday
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A literary dynamite charge. * * Independent on Sunday * * Albert Sanchez Pinol is possessed of an exceptional, fecund and devious imagination. -- David Mitchell Wonderful. * * The Times * * An action-packed adventure story in the best Rider Haggard tradition and a sophisticated reflection on the imaginative power of literature. Impressive and most unusual. * * Independent * * Going into that realm of hyperbolic fabulation where Umberto Eco has long made safari, Pandora in the Congo marks Sanchez Pinol's emergence as a significant European writer. -- Giles Foden * * Guardian * * A rip-roaring historical adventure. * * Scotland on Sunday * * An African brew with a dash of derring-do. Laced with a heady post-modern investigation into the dark art of telling tales. -- Christian House * * Independent * * Free of the sometimes stilted quality that dogs translated novels, this is simultaneously a gripping yarn and a genre-bending re-examination of the fiction of a bygone age. -- Alex Larman * * Observer * * Pandora in the Congo is a wonderful book on so many levels - the story within a story of Garvey's time in Africa, as recounted by Thomson, is thrilling and compulsive . . . Pinol deftly weaves his theme of deception into all strands of the story . . . this is a cracking story on so many levels - and one of which any master of magical realism would be just as proud as a teller of tales of derring do. -- Simon Appleby * * Bookgeeks.co.uk * *
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About Albert Sánchez Piñol

Albert Sanchez Pinol was born in Barcelona in 1965. He is an anthropologist, non-fiction writer and novelist writing in Catalan and Castilian Spanish. His first novel, Cold Skin, has been translated into thirty-seven languages, won the Ojo Critico Narrativa prize on its original publication in Catalan in 2003 and is being adapted for film. He is also the author of Pandora in the Congo, among other books.
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Rating details

1,678 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 28% (467)
4 40% (664)
3 23% (394)
2 7% (116)
1 2% (37)

Our customer reviews

A friend lent me this book last year and I had abandoned it after reading three pages. I picked it up again yesterday and couldn't let go off it once Garvey was introduced. What an intelligent book! Pinol draws his readers into an incredible world leaving you horrified and paranoid (I had the weirdest dreams last night about the Congo) and surprises you by leaving you feeling most undignified and humbled in the best way possible. What a great story!show more
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