The Rape of a Nation.
Photographs by Marcus Bleasdale. Foreword by John Le Carré.
Schilt Publishing, 2010. 240 pp., 117 duotone illustrations, 6¾x9".
‘The continuing human tragedy of Congo is not a statistic. It is a
continuing human tragedy. It is fourteen hundred and fifty tragedies
every day. It is countless more than that if you include the orphaned,
the bereaved, the widowed, and all the ripples of truncated lives that
spread from a single death. It is you and me and our children and
our parents, if we had the bad luck to be born into the world this
But Congo has one secret that is hard to pass on if you haven’t
learned it at first hand. Look carefully and you will find it in these
pages: a gaiety of spirit and a love of life that, even in the worst of
times, leave the pampered Westerner moved and humbled beyond
words.’ Excerpt from the foreword.
Marcus Bleasdale has been following the war in Congo in all its
horror and grotesqueness for almost a decade – a war which has
claimed more than 5.4 million victims to date. Seven years ago,
Bleasdale published his first book on Congo, One Hundred Years
of Darkness, which was immediately voted best photo journalistic
book of the year by the American Photo District News.
About the Limited Edition
Numbered and signed gelatin silver
print in numbered and signed book,
Edition of 100 copies, of which
25 copies signed both by Bleasdale
and Le Carré. The profits from this
specific special edition will go to
charitable causes in Congo.
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