Bay of Tigers : A Journey Through War-torn Angola, Paperback

Bay of Tigers : A Journey Through War-torn Angola Paperback

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An extraordinary account of Pedro Rosa Mendes's journey across Africa in 1997 - 6000 miles from the west to the east coast, from Angola to Mozambique - on trains with no windows, no doors, no seats, on wrecks of trucks and buses, on boats and motorcycles.

In war-torn Angola, a country where the landmines outnumber the people, Mendes finds long lines of villagers waiting for shock treatment to neutralize the phantom pain in amputated limbs, an apothecary's tent purveying boiled mucumbi bark to combat scurvy lesions in the mouth, and trains crowded with people eating salted fish and drinking beer, swapping tales of local sorcerers who can turn into snakes.

He interviews international relief workers and corrupt local officials, widows and orphans, soldiers and survivors, piecing together a rich portrait no history or travel book can match.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9781862076488



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A travel cross Africa from Angola to Mozambique. His journey through these former Portuguese colonies is fraugt with danger and obstacles.

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A book i need to return to in the future, sections of this passed me by. Not sure if it was the story or the writing style of the author. Very good in places