Pandora in the Congo

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Canongate, 2008 - Adventure stories - 441 pages
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1914. In the heart of the Congo, Garvey, a bedraggled British manservant, emerges from the jungle. He is the lone survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition in which both his masters, William and Robert Craver, have died, and all of the party's African porters have fled. Garvey carries two huge diamonds.Promptly arrested it is from his prison cell in London that Garvey recounts his horrific and thrilling ordeal. The scribe is young writer Tommy Thomson, an aspiring novelist, who has been commissioned by Garvey's lawyer to record his client's version of events. What dark forces did they meet in that ill-fated mine? How did the Craven brothers really die? What would drive men to such foul acts? And could love really blossom in the heart of such darkness? Only Tommy can unpick fact from fiction. And the course of justice, not to mention the moral values of the western world, lies in his hands. With echoes of Heart of Darkness and King Solomon's Mines, Pandora in the Congo is a fast-paced adventure story and an exploration of the transformative power of the imagination. This astounding novel also reminds you that there is always more than one version of events.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A ghostwriter's ghostwriter hires on to save a man from hanging in this sly import first published in Spain in 2005.Tommy Thompson is a young English writer desperate to be published. He'll do ... Read full review

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S�nchez Pi�ol follows up his impressive first novel, Cold Skin, with another feat of literary fabulism that far exceeds his debut in imagination and scope. A summary of the ... Read full review


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Albert Sánchez Piñol was born in Barcelona in 1965 and is an anthropologist and writer. Cold Skin, his first novel, has been translated into fifteen languages.

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