Monday, February 01, 2016

Six top works about people trapped in oppressive systems

Anjan Sundaram is the author of Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship and Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo. An award-winning journalist, he has reported from Africa and the Middle East for the New York Times and the Associated Press. His writing on Africa has also appeared in Foreign Policy, Fortune, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, the International Herald Tribune, and the Huffington Post. His war correspondence from the Central African Republic won a Frontline Club Award in 2015, and his reporting on Pygmy tribes in Congo's rainforests won a Reuters prize in 2006. His work has also been shortlisted for the Prix Bayeux and the Kurt Schork award. Stringer was a Royal African Society Book of the Year in 2014.

One of Sundaram's six favorite books about people trapped in oppressive systems, as shared at The Week magazine:
Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee

The barbarians never arrive, but we are constantly waiting for them. In this allegorical novel, the leader of a town at the edge of an empire pays a price for loving a member of the indigenous nomadic tribe that is the source of his compatriots' fears.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 99 Test: Stringer.

--Marshal Zeringue