Do you recommend any books or movies about this city/country for those who are interested in learning more?

I admittedly read very little - as everything focuses on the colonial past or the violent middle. I really tried to prepare myself for the Congolese of today. I listened to a lot of Congolese music before coming - rap, Christian rock, everything. And then studied their art. - Aug 2019


There are many good books on DRC. I recommend: King Leopold's Ghost (covers Belgian colonialism) Dancing in the Glory of Monsters (The First and Second Congo Wars, 1997-2003) Congo: The Epic History of a People (an excellent ethnographic history of DRC) In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo (the end of the Mobutu era) Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo (life in post-war Kinshasa) - Apr 2019


King Leopold's Ghost, Bonobo Handshake, The Poisonwood Bible - Dec 2017


Dancing in the Glory of the Monsters, Blood River by Tim Butcher, the Congo Wars by G. Prunier, series of documentaries by Thierry Michel. - Sep 2016


Congo: The Epic History of a People (David Van Reyrbrouk); Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingslover); Dancing in the Glory of Monsters (Jason Stearns). - Apr 2016


Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, Jason Stearns In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz, Michela Wrong King Leopold's Ghost, Adam Hochschild Station Chief Congo, Larry Devlin Congo Mercenary, Mike Hoare Africa's World War, Gerard Prunier - Nov 2012


- Feb 2012


Dancing in the Glory of Monsters - Jason Stearn comes with a recommendation. - Aug 2011


Heart of Darkness, Blood River, everything by Michea Wrong, To Katanga and Back, Chief of Station. - Jan 2011


Kinshasa: the invisible city. Bradt has a guidebook to Congo in english. Jaguar and Futa have them in french. Lonely Planet has a guidebook for african health matters that's very nice. In general, the political science book, Africa Works, could help orient one's mindset. - Oct 2010


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