In one part of The Netherlands the name ‘De Beaufort’ is a familiar name. A large extended family carries this name, the family has roots in France, as the name suggests. Streets have been named after members of this family, for they were mayor of a village of a town, they were important and influential … Continue reading review RUIMTE EN ZONLICHT


The combination Cairo and Cape Town has a strong appeal. In the first month of 1995 a large team of a Dutch Broadcasting Corporation left for the important journey from Cairo to Cape Town. On board during the long journey were several well known broadcasters who made regular broadcasts. The team visited several aid projects. … Continue reading review ANDER AFRIKA

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The Dutch writer Clara Eggink (1906-1991) made a journey through Africa, during this journey she visited several countries. The cover story states that she atayed for two years on this continent. She had planned to travel with her husband, but what she tells in the book does not make clear that her husband indeed travelled … Continue reading review IN AFRIKA


This is the debut novel by the Dutch novelist, who got fame for his other book ‘De oesters van Nam Kee’. This later book was nominated for several literary prizes. In this novel the writer takes us with his protagonist, a psychiatric patient in later life, on his journeys. The travels of the main character … Continue reading review HIER ZIJN LEEUWEN


In this book by the journalist Richard Dowden there is a chapter on Congo / Zaire. Nice to compare it with the book on Congo by the Belgian writer David van Reybrouck. Dowden has a more topdown approach, the history of those in power and the encounters he had with the influential. Both write about … Continue reading review AFRICA: ALTERED STATES, ORDINARY MIRACLES


The Dutch writer of this book, Femke van Zeijl (1971), is a freelance journalist, who travelled in many African countries. Often she stayed in the urban areas, where she got into touch with local people. In this book she describes life in several cities. She connects each town with a theme. In Luanda the theme … Continue reading review GIN-TONIC & CHOLERA