It's hard to think of a contemporary American novelist who cares about the fate of his country as much as the Congolese author Emmanuel Dongala seems to care about his. In most American fiction, politics is little more than a backdrop for character action, and authors seem more concerned with psychological drama than with national destiny. Dongala is weighted the other way. Though his characters are engaging enough, they function as archetypes. What keeps the reader flipping pages, and, I suspect, what keeps the author writing, is a driving preoccupation with the fortune of a place that has endured colonialism, communism, and show democracy. What, I found myself asking, could possibly happen to... More >>>