The Green Zone


Last morning here in Madagascar, at least for this time. Reading the last pages of Paul Theroux: The Last Train to Zona Verde. Zona verde is Portuguese for green zone. Writing from Angola in 2011, Theroux refers first to the green Africa, Africa out of the congested, slum enveloped, polluted cities. But on a deeper level, he indicates authentic Africa as it could have been without the colonial past, corrupt and greedy leaders and new exploitation by international companies. He is a very good writer, but what he says is not exactly happy reading.

There are numerous examples that may give reason to be optimistic on behalf of many parts of Africa though, but Theroux’s voice is important to listen to. The book is hereby recommended! And yes, I know that the bougainvillea comes from South America 🙂

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