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Read an Excerpt from Jamala Safari’s Novel, Based on Real Experiences During the Congolese War

The Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the GodsThe Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the Gods by Jamala Safari is a novel about a boy whose life and family is ripped apart by the Congolese war. The story of Risto Mahuno, the 15-year-old protagonist, run’s parallel to the author’s own experience.

In an excerpt shared by Namibiana Buchdepot, Risto is finding healing after severe trauma. When he recalls the afternoon he lost his parents and his sister, the teenager “wished not to walk, not to touch”. But he recovers his “need to live again” when he plays soccer with his friends.

Read the excerpt:

Sometimes Risto’s father would say that man is the forger of his own history. In his hands lies the power to challenge and to change, in his feet, the conquering force, and in his mind, the driving compass. Therein is the essence of miracle and mystery. Good or bad, it will be the legacy left behind when he no longer has a voice to speak or strength to stand.

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