• Sa route est toute tracée : études de mathématiques dans la prestigieuse université américaine Yale et offre d'emploi chez Goldman Sachs. Un chemin balisé que le jeune Anjan Sundaram décide de quitter en 2005. Il abandonne tout pour plonger dans l'inconnu et prend un aller simple pour la République démocratique du Congo. Il sera désormais reporter. Ou, plutôt, essaiera de le devenir. Car derrière le romantisme de la vie d'aventures, Anjan Sundaram découvre une réalité hostile. De déconvenues en rebondissements, l'apprenti journaliste doit apprendre à survivre dans la jungle urbaine de Kinshasa. Malgré l'euphorie de l'élection présidentielle de 2006 - premières élections libres et démocratiques depuis quarante ans -, la chaleur paralysante est à l'image d'un pays qui suffoque.

  • En 2009, un programme de l'Union européenne demande à Anjan Sundaram, grand reporter, de venir enseigner le journalisme au Rwanda. Alors que ce cours devient un lieu d'échange pour des journalistes indépendants souvent isolés, le gouvernement, à l'approche des élections présidentielles, intensifie le contrôle de l'information. Des journalistes sont menacés, certains obligés de fuir le pays. Anjan prend alors pleinement conscience de la complexité du contexte politique et du danger qui pèse sur la vie de ses élèves.

  • Anglais Stringer

    Anjan Sundaram

    In the powerful travel-writing tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski and V.S. Naipaul, a haunting memoir of a dangerous and disorienting year of self-discovery in one of the world's unhappiest countries.

  • A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection
    "I arrived to find that this was a war of walkers."
    So writes Anjan Sundaram about his journey into the heart of the war-torn Central African Republic in 2013. As soon as he arrived in the city of Gaga, he witnessed hundreds of people fleeing their homes for parts unknown, afraid to be one of the many victims of the Seleka rebel force that had taken over the country that year, or the anti-balaka militias that had sprung up in retaliation. As Sundaram follows a jungle path from village to village, he provides witness to a burning Republic, one that is still in the grips of chaos and violence.
    An eBook short.

  • The author of the acclaimed Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo now moves on to Rwanda for a gripping look at a country caught still in political and social unrest, years after the genocide that shocked the world. Bad News is the story of Anjan Sundaram's time running a journalist's training program out of Kigali, the capital city of one of Africa's most densely populated countries, Rwanda. President Kagame’s regime, which seized power after the genocide that ravaged its population in 1994, is often held up as a beacon for progress and modernity in Central Africa and is the recipient of billions of dollars each year in aid from Western governments and international organizations. Lurking underneath this shining vision of a modern, orderly state, however, is the powerful climate of fear springing from the government's brutal treatment of any voice of dissent. "You can't look and write," a policeman ominously tells Sundaram, as he takes notes at a political rally. In Rwanda, the testimony of the individual--the evidence of one's own experience--is crushed by the pensée unique: the single way of thinking and speaking, proscribed by those in power. A vivid portrait of a country at an extraordinary and dangerous place in its history, Bad News is a brilliant and urgent parable on freedom of expression, and what happens when that power is seized.

  • Anglais Bad News

    Anjan Sundaram

    Hearing a blast, journalist Anjan Sundaram headed uphill towards the sound. Grenade explosions are not entirely unusual in the city of Kigali; dissidents throw them in public areas to try and destabilise the government and, since moving to Rwanda, he had observed an increasing number of them. What was unusual about this one, however, was that when Sundaram arrived, it was as though nothing had happened. Traffic circulated as normal, there was no debris on the streets and the policeman on duty denied any event whatsoever. This was evidence of a clean-up, a cloaking of the discontent in Rwanda and a desire to silence the media in a country most of whose citizens were without internet. This was the first of many ominous events. Bad News is the extraordinary account of the battle for free speech in modern-day Rwanda. Following not only those journalists who stayed, despite fearing torture or even death from a ruthless government, but also those reporting from exile, it is the story of papers being shut down, of lies told to please foreign delegates, of the unshakeable loyalty that can be bred by terror, of history being retold, of constant surveillance, of corrupted elections and of great courage. It tells the true narrative of Rwandan society today and, in the face of powerful forces, of the fight to make explosions heard.

  • In the powerful travel-writing tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski and V.S. Naipaul, a haunting memoir of a dangerous and disorienting year of self-discovery in one of the world's unhappiest countries.

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