Blue dahlia, black gold : a journey into Angola
- Metcalfe, Daniel, author.
- London : Hutchinson, 2013.
- Physical description
- 354 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
DT1286 .M48 2013
- Unknown DT1286 .M48 2013
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -337) and index.
- On Prince's Island
- Chasing Patrice : São Tomé
- Luanda : of manatees and large banks
- Lighting the first match
- "A hundred thousand iron sleepers" : to Benguela and Lobito
- Huambo : "arrest the police"
- The river god : still angry in Cuito Cuanavale
- Luanda and the half open road
- The amazing Queen Njinga : Malanje and the black rocks
- Saurimo and "scourges of unknown origin that behaved in unpredictable ways"
- Northern approaches : M'banza-Kongo, city of kings
- Dark mangoes : Soyo to Cabinda.
- Publisher's Summary
- Since the end of its crippling 27-year civil war over a decade ago, Angola has changed almost beyond recognition. An oil-fuelled bonanza has brought about massive foreign investment and a fabulously wealthy new elite, making its capital, Luanda, the second most expensive city in the world. Today, fortunes are being made and lost overnight, and rich Angolans are eagerly buying up the assets of its former coloniser, Portugal. Fascinated by this complex nation, perched at the forefront of a resurgent Africa, writer Daniel Metcalfe travelled to Angola to explore the country for himself. Ebullient and proud, and often unwilling to dwell on its past, Angola has a large army, a hunger for wealth and a need to prove itself on the continent. But as Metcalfe also discovers, it has some of the most grinding poverty in Africa as few Angolans have reaped the rewards of the peace. Nonetheless, amid Angola's brash reality, Metcalfe finds there is a place for a traveller who isn't there to make a quick buck. Crossing the country as ordinary Angolans do, talking to tribal elders, oil workers, mine clearers and street children, he encounters a place of extremes, where cynicism and excess go hand-in-hand with great hospitality and ingenuity. Metcalfe also reveals a colourful history of pirates and slave traders, capuchin monks, syncretic Christian cults and elaborate spirit masks. This is an Angola that symbolises nothing less than a broader turning point between the continents, the repositioning of the rich developed world versus Africa. It is a land that, until now, few outsiders have managed to unlock.
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- Publication date
- Daniel Metcalfe.
- Title Variation
- Journey into Angola