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Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival

Love AfricaLove, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival

by Jeffrey Gettleman

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A seasoned war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo. For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, fulfilling a teenage dream.

At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love for the first time–twice. On a do-it-yourself community-service trip in college, he went to East Africa–a terrifying, exciting, dreamlike part of the world in the throes of change that imprinted itself on his imagination and on his heart. But at around the same time he also fell in love with a fellow Cornell student–the brightest, classiest, most principled woman he’d ever met. To say they were opposites was an understatement. She became a criminal lawyer in America; he hungered to be in Africa. For the next decade he would be torn by two dueling obsessions.

A sensually rendered coming-of-age story, Love, Africa is a tale of passion, violence, far-flung adventure, tortuous long-distance relationships, screwups, forgiveness, parenthood, and happiness that explores the power of self-discovery in the most unexpected of places.

Jeffrey Gettleman’s memoir is truly, in all its complicated tragic beauty, a love story made up itself of inextricably intertwined love stories. I was mesmerized.—Alexandra Fuller

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Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway

Green Hills of AfricaGreen Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway

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The most intimate and elaborately enhanced addition to the Hemingway Library series: Hemingway’s memoir of his safari across the Serengeti presented with archival material from the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library and with the never-before-published safari journal of Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer.
When it was first published in 1935, “The New York Times” called “Green Hills of Africa,” The best-written story of big-game hunting anywhere, Hemingway’s evocative account of his safari through East Africa with his wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, captures his fascination with big-game hunting. In examining the grace of the chase and the ferocity of the kill, Hemingway looks inward, seeking to explain the lure of the hunt and the primal undercurrent that comes alive on the plains of Africa. “Green Hills of Africa” is also an impassioned portrait of the glory of the African landscape and the beauty of a wilderness that was, even then, being threatened by the incursions of man.
This new Hemingway Library Edition offers a fresh perspective on Hemingway’s classic travelogue, with a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, the author’s sole surviving son, who spent many years as a professional hunter in East Africa; a new introduction by Sean Hemingway, grandson of the author; and, published for the first time in its entirety, the African journal of Hemingway’s wife, Pauline, which offers an intimate glimpse into thoughts and experiences that shaped her husband’s craft.

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The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari

The Last Train to Zona VerdeThe Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari by Paul Theroux

A decade ago, Paul Theroux s best-selling “Dark Star Safari” chronicled his epic overland voyage from Cairo to Cape Town, providing an insider s look at modern Africa. Now, with “The Last Train to Zona Verde,” he returns to discover how both he and Africa have changed in the ensuing years.
Traveling alone, Theroux sets out from Cape Town, going north through South Africa, Namibia, then into Angola, encountering a world increasingly removed from tourists itineraries and the hopes of postcolonial independence movements. After covering nearly 2,500 arduous miles, he cuts short his journey, a decision he chronicles with unsparing honesty in a chapter titled What Am I Doing Here? Vivid, witty, and beautifully evocative, ” The Last Train to Zona Verde” is a fitting final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers.
“Everything is under scrutiny in Paul Theroux s latest travel book not just the people, landscapes and sociopolitical realities of the countries he visits, but his own motivations for going where he goes . . . His readers can only be grateful.” “Seattle Times”
If this book is proof, age has not slowed Theroux or encouraged him to rest on his achievements . . . Gutsy, alert to Africa’s struggles, its injustices and history. “San Francisco Chronicle””

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Africa

Africa 1Africa by Michael Poliza’s

World-renowned photographer Michael Poliza’s best-selling book, originally published in 2006, has now been re-released in a smaller format, hardcover edition. A stunning collection of photographs that captures Africa’s elegant natural beauty and animal life.

Fascinated with electronics & IT from an early age on, a new world opened up for Michael when he bought his first digital camera in 1996. Experimenting with the possibilities of his new equipment, he travelled Africa, and documented the continent´s beauty and fragility in a thitherto unknown quality.

On his countless flights over the African plains he produces pictures that reveal his special passion – graphics and geometrical structures. Through Michael´s lens, landscapes turn into captivating structures a viewer will never forget.Africa 2

What fascinates him most are the infinite shapes nature is able to assume. His view turns a piece of soil, a detail of an animal or a single line of a landscape into a unique aesthetic unit. From the elements that offer themselves to him he produces new, autonomous pictures – sometimes picturesque, sometimes analytical – estranged in their expression but always without disturbing the essence of nature.

Africa4In a similar vein, Michael never gets too close to people he portrays. His photographs of the Himba, Massai or bushmen, for example, speak of his respectful distance and great sensibility towards them. In Michael´s portraits, people appear to the viewer in their natural grace.

Michael leaves nothing to chance – his pictures show an excellent sense for the right moment which rarely has been captured this way before. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung once put it, Michael´s photography is synonymous with an „enthusiastic bow“ to nature.

“…might change the way you think about photography!”
(The New York Times, 12/2006, AFRICA)

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