Lieve Joris, born in Belgium in 1953, is the author of many travel accounts to the Middle East and Africa (Back to the Congo, Mali Blues, The Rebels’ Hour and The Leopard’s Dance). A former journalist who has lived in Amsterdam since the 1970s, she won the Nicolas Bouvier Prize in 2009 for her book The High Plains, which takes her readers to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Her most recent book, On the Wings of the Dragon (2014), looks at the relations between Africa and China, in the form of an account of travelling to meet Africans from China and Chinese from Africa.
An interview with African Geopolitics - What led you to go and discover the faces of the famous “Chinafrica”? Lieve Joris – I wrote three books on the DRC in quick succession: The Leopard’s Dance, The Rebels’ Hour and The High Plains. After my long immersion in the Congo, I was completely exhausted and I felt the need to experience other human adventures and to breathe some different air. Between 2009 and 2012, I spent 18 months travelling between...
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