Bay of Tigers

March 7, 2008

This book is incredible.

In Cuando Cubango, where it is believed 45 percent of Angola’s mines are located, mines outnumber people. There were not a lot of people to begin with, and in recent years many have died.

“To the left at that tree…” We hope the copilot knows the terrain well. That his mask of youth conceals the face of a seasoned veteran of war. That he knows the minefields because he helped plant them.

– Pedro Rosa Mendes, Bay of Tigers: An African Odyssey, 1999, trans. from Portuguese by Clifford Landers. Harcourt, 2003.

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