On 27th May 1977, a small demonstration against the MPLA, the ruling party of Angola - led to the slaughter of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people. These dreadful reprisals are little talked of in Angola today - and virtually unknown outside the country. In this book, jourbanalist Lara Pawson tracks down the story of what really happened in the aftermath of that fateful day. In a series of vivid encounters, she talks to eyewitnesses, victims and even perpetrators of the violent and confusing events of the 27th May and the following weeks and months. From London to Lisbon to Luanda, she meets those who continue to live in the shadow of the appalling events of 40 years ago and who - in most cases - have been too afraid to speak about them before. As well as shedding light on the events of 1977, this book contributes to a deeper understanding of modern Angola - its people and its politics; past, present and future.
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About the Author
Lara Pawson worked for the BBC World Service from 1998 to 2007, reporting from Mali, Ivory Coast and Sao Tome and Principe. From 1998 to 2000, she was the BBC correspondent in Angola, covering the civil war, and has returbaned to the country several times since. She currently works as a freelance jourbanalist and lives in London.
Table of Contents
1. Meeting Maria
2. In the Shadow of DISA
3. The Saboteurs, the Parasites, the Opportunists
4. When Normal Things Don't Go Normally
5. Fascism was Finished. Socialism had Begun
6. Just Like the Movies
7. The Brother
8. Sounds of Microfiche
9. Never Meet Your Heroes
10. Sent to Cuba
11. Closing in on the Kill
12. So Many Dragonflies
13. Saved by a Poet
14. To Sambizanga
15. The Little Red Book
16. Kilometre 14
17. Cold War Paradox
19. A Death Camp
20. Metamorphoses of the Enemy
21. On the Beach
22. How our Heads are Formed
23. Loose Ends
24. A Cuban Connection
What People are Saying About This
"A brilliant piece of sleuthing, research, reportage and an example of unblinking determination... I greatly admire this book."
“Pawson brings her sources to life like a novelist; her meetings are vivid and convincing. A simple, direct clarity of vision is brought to bear, and the reader begins to make some sense of the conspiracies and sub-conspiracies that led to the vinte-sete. By the end, Angola – along with some of its layered political complexity – is raw, vital, brutal and alive in front of us."
“Pawson has a poet’s eye for telling detail, a priest’s empathy for human idiosyncrasy and the dogged determination of a sleuth. Fired up by her determination to discover what really happened on May 27, 1977 in Angola, she skewers in the process of this gripping investigation both the hypocrisy of the Angolan government and the sloppy naivety of the British Left.”
“With unflagging intelligence, fearlessness, and compassion, Pawson unfolds the human and political dimensions of this forgotten atrocity. She has done Angola a great service in writing this book, and all of us, Angolan or otherwise, do ourselves a great service in reading it."
“In a highly readable investigation, Lara Pawson exposes not only a forgotten massacre but a cover-up, perpetrated by British journalists and historians blinded by ideology. Travelling from London to Lisbon and Luanda, she reveals new information about the role of Cuban forces in the killings, and shows how racism against black Africans lies at the heart of Angolan politics.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
THIS IS A STORY OF HUMAN AND POLITICAL DIMENSIONS OF THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE OF ANGOLA AND THE MASSACRE AND HOW EVERYTHING WAS COVERED UP BY BRITISH JOURNALISTS AND HISTORIANS AND THE ROLE OF THE CUBAN FORCES IN THE KILLINGS AND RACISM AGAINST BLACK AFRICANS.