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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – review | Books | The Guardian
It is tempting to see Heart of Darkness as a masterfully constructed parable on human nature (witness Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola's film adaptation, in which the action was transposed to south-east Asia) but as historian Adam Hochschild has pointed out in King Leopold's Ghost, about the king's rape of the Congo, Conrad himself was quite clear that it was based on specific events he had witnessed, saying it was "experience… pushed a little (and only very little) beyond the actual facts of the case". Despite his protestations, this is undeniably an invaluable historical document offering a glimpse into the horrific human consequences of the imperial powers' scramble for Africa as much as it is a compelling tale.
heartofdarkness  conrad  congo  guardian  bookreview 
october 2017 by noodlepie
The CIA: 70 Years of Organized Crime
Plausible deniability: "the use of circumlocution and euphemism in discussions where precise definitions would expose covert actions and bring them to an end".
language  obfuscation  cia  crime  spy  usa  policy  strategy  HeartOfDarkness 
september 2017 by amaah
The boys from Baga
Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram
War  civilwar  Nigeria  africa  blood  children  strategy  violence  crime  terrorism  HeartOfDarkness 
june 2017 by amaah
Mass Dying
It’s important to remember that joy, in Nigeria today, is an unclaimed territory.
murder  violence  terrorism  nigeria  blood  africa  heartofdarkness 
january 2015 by amaah

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