Lost white Tribes
Parola del diavolo.

March 18, 2001
In Jamaica, Anton Wedemeyer wears his once-blond hair in dreadlocks and believes in Ras Tafari. Near São Paulo, a man named Fernando, whose only English word is "yes", attends a ceremony where someone dressed as General Robert E Lee re-enacts the surrender at Appomattox in 1865. These are members of the lost white tribes, descendants of settlers from Europe and North America stranded by the receding tide of colonialism. Orizio, in his fascinating book, describes his journeys in search of these people, tracking them down and coaxing their extraordinary stories from them.


April 1, 2001
Holiday Profiler - The Questions

Question n. 12 - Your preferred holiday reading from the current bestseller list would be:

1. The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell
2. Angry Blonde by Eminem
3. Beowulf by Seamus Heaney
4. Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev by Andy Dougan
5. How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
6. Lost White Tribes: Journeys Among The Forgotten by Riccardo Orizio.


March 18, 2001
As if, just as the global village becomes a global hamlet, an immense forest were to appear beyond the Thank You For Driving Carefully sign, so this is a book that makes the world a larger and stranger place, seeming to collapse history with its foretaste of the end of Eurocentricity. Lost White Tribes may be non-fiction - a history of the white colonists who went native, intermarried and became the lowest rather than highest caste - but it has the mystique of a Ballard or Vonnegut novel.
Haitian Poles with a cult-like anticipation of the Pope's return; Ceylonese Dutch burghers working as waiters and living in crumbling mansions; German slaves in Jamaica: almost too odd to be true, but never objectified, these fossil cultures and the lives of pioneer ancestors are sympathetically treated. Their untold histories would have been extraordinary even without such a fine raconteur as Orizio.