The Catastrophist Paperback
Gillespie, an Irishman, goes to the Congo in 1959 in pursuit of his beautiful lover Ines, a passionate Italian journalist.
Unlike her, Gillespie has no interest in the deepening independence crisis, nor in the charismatic leader, Patrice Lumumba.
He has other business: this is his last chance to make love work for him.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 16/01/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747260332
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Review by silvercowrie
This is a historical novel set in The Belgian Congo in 1959 just before independence. It is a love story of passion and desire set against the increasingly violent backdrop of the political situation.James Gillespie is a novelist who follows his love, Ines, a journalist for an Italian communist newspaper to The Congo. He desires her love, but her passion is for a cause - that of the independence movement under the leadership of Patrice Lumumba. They have very different agenda and their relationship doesn't stand much chance against her involvement and James' lack of interest in the political situation. However, as the ex-pat colonial lifestyle around them becomes disrupted by the deepening crisis, James becomes drawn into unfolding events. Even though he knows he has lost his love, he is compelled to act to save Ines' life and that of her new lover.It makes compelling reading.