Snippet: Aldekoa’s “Children of the Nile”

Xavier Aldekoa, Hijos del Nilo [Children of the Nile], 2017, 312 p.

publisher’s summary:

The Nile is not a river. The most important African river is the heart of hundreds of villages and the indefatigable witness of the rise and decline of the mightiest Pharaoh dynasties in the world. Its name evokes secrets hidden in pyramides and feeds the pride of milenary civilizations that still today fight for their survival.

The Nile is today the peace in the north of Uganda but also the war in Southern Sudan; it’s life in the valleys of Ethiopia and death in the dungeons of Egypt and Sudan. It is dictatorship, inequality, progress, hope and longing for liberty. It is also the dream of a revolution. Despite its scars, the Nile is still the craddle of the mixture of the great African and Mediterranean cultures of the past and the present.

During various months Xavier Aldekoa travelled the Nile river, from its sources to its mouth, to discover its peoples, its cultures and its traditions. Through the stories of those who live on its shores he brings us closer to other worlds that, despite all, are not that far away. Because the Nile is a soul piece of western culture. A chance to look at the different. To understand the other and to understand ourselves.

We are all children of the Nile.

At the book presentation in Barcelona, Aldekoa was accompanied by Jordi Évole, a journalist who dedicates his Sunday night prime-time investigative TV show to important topics, such as the refugee crisis on the Mediterranean, ALS and euthanasia, etc.

SOURCE: Planeta (publisher)

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