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The Rebels' Hour

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In The Rebels’ Hour , world renowned journalist Lieve Joris illuminates the dark heart of contemporary Congo through the prism of one lonely and complicated rebel leader who becomes a high ranking general in the Congolese army.

When Assani, a young cowherd, leaves his remote village to pursue his studies in the city, he learns that he is ethnically Tutsi; though unintereste
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 10th 2008 by Grove Press (first published 2006)
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Robert Stevenson
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
The Trump Presidency is degrading Americanism both culturally and politically with its lack of virtue and its disobedience to truth and science.

So I thought why not read a novel by a Belgian journalist on the Republic of Congo, what better way to envision America as a banana republic state.

“The Rebel’s Hour” was written 2006, and Lieve Joris hit my radar screen with her riveting book “The Gates of Damascus” and while I struggled with the time shifting, the story follows a rebel who becomes a Gen
Janine Van
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literatuur
Verhaal vertelt over de oorlog in Congo en Rwanda. De strijd tussen de Hutu’s en de Tutsi’s, de afzetting van mobutu, opgevolgd door Kabila en later zijn zoon. Het wordt verteld vanuit het perspectief van Anansi, een chef in het rebellenleger van Kabila. Hij komt van een bergvolk dat door velen gelijk wordt gesteld aan de Tutsi’s. Hij is minder corrupt dan vele anderen en weet meerdere malen net op tijd te vluchten of de juiste vrienden te kiezen. Toch blijft de persoon Anansi vrij oppervlakkig ...more
Writing West Midlands
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although writers from the Lowlands are perfectly capable of being inspired by their own countries, they travel well. Writers on history and culture and politics, like Geert Mak and Frank Westerman and Joris Luyendijk, and poets and novelists like Toon Tellegen and Otto de Kat have travelled and written. The travel writer Lieve Joris' book, The Rebels' Hour (trans. Liz Waters), is in this tradition; written from personal experience, vivid in explaining the complexities of nations and individuals. ...more
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people interested in Congo and Africa more broadly, and their rich, tragic history.
This book is 'literary reportage,' i.e. the author reports on real-life events through literary means. It does not mean that she has invented the story -- on the contrary, this tragic history is very true -- but that she tells it through a narrative of characters that she has met and at times fills in gaps in their lives and thoughts from her own imagination.
The book tells the story of a rebel from eastern Congo and his rise from a 'Tutsi' villager to a leadership position through the First War
Sandra D
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: africa, fiction
A grim tale and not an easy book to read, as the narrative jumps back and forth in time. Still, I admired the author's attempt to unravel some of the complexities of modern-day central Africa.

The main character is based on a Tutsi-Congolese rebel leader the author met in 1998 and kept in touch with over the years, and the story itself is a fictional retelling of the spillover of the Rwandan conflict into Congo, facilitated by the erosion of that nation's stability by the kleptocracy of the Mobu
Aug 10, 2008 rated it liked it
I've only read books about travellers trips in the Congo. But this time it's a harrowing insider view of a soldier. The fear and uncertainty is palpable. Although it was hard to keep up with the rivalries, who was who, maps, historic narrative and glossary all helped. I now want to learn more about what's happening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Banu Altunbas
It was nice to read the Congo era when I was also in the places she talks about. The story is clearly catchy and people who don't know the recent history of Congo might enjoy reading it like a nice story-telling.
Rosanna Rosengren-klitgaard
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of the most interesting and captivating books I've read recently. This books takes you straight into the chaos and power plays of the two Congo wars through the story of a Banyamulenge rebel leader.
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
A crash course in the complexities of the recent relations between Rwandese and Congolese peoples, in a breathtaking fictionalised form
Rui Igreja
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: africa
A book based on a true story, the story of a boy who grew up in eastern Congo and became a rebel and a militar ... Congo, Rwanda, Tutsis, militars, rebels ... the centre of Africa.
Andi Tan
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is based on true events and the main character, Assani is based on a real person. The story takes place
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Ebba Kalondo
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It takes me back. Back to the foggy peaks of my heart.
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