Lost white Tribes
Parola del diavolo.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
June 4th, 2001
Ever wonder what became of that unfortunate Belgian clerk in Conrad's Heart of Darkness, who insisted upon wearing a starched collar despite the stifling Congo heat? Italian journalist Orizio shows that he may well have stayed on. Like Ryszard Kapuscinski, who provides a brief foreword, Orizio has a wonderful eye for cultural anachronisms and uncovers colonial remains in the form of white enclaves in Third World settings.

 

KIRKUS REVIEWS
April 15th, 2001
An Italian CNN journalist visits vestigial settlements of whites who have lingered in some of the world’s most remote areas long after the colonial era ended. Near the end of this remarkable collection of essays, Orizio states what has become obvious: “Everyone clings to history, but no one admits to knowing what exactly history is.”

 

BOOKLIST
July 2001
by Jay Freeman
By 1970, the great European empires of Britain, France, Spain, and the Netherlands had essentially been dismantled. Most of the colonials, including government officials and settlers, returned to the "mother country." Yet, the forces of history are seldom tidy, and the end of European imperialism often left behind messy and sometimes curious remnants.

 

WASHINGTON POST
Sunday, July 22, 2001
by Jonathan Yardley
One of the odder legacies of imperialism and colonialism is the enduring fascination with which many of us look upon agents of colonial power who went semi-native: adopting many of the customs and attitudes of the people whose lands they colonized, yet clinging all the while to customs and attitudes of the countries they left behind.

 

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Sunday, September 09, 2001
by Colin Gardiner

Those were the halcyon days - Egypt after the Suez crisis. My American friend, studying Oriental languages, and I shared a flat serviced by a Sudanese fellow called Mohammed, who could make the most marvellous breakfast which was desperately needed after an all-night session editing the flowery language of translators at the Egyptian Gazette.

 

CNN.com
November 7th, 2001
by L.D. Meagher
The last vestiges of European colonialism were washed away by the tide of self-determination that rose in Asia after World War II and swept across the globe in the second half of the 20th Century. At least, that's what the history books tell us. But Riccardo Orizio knows differently.

 

THE SEATTLE TIMES
5th November 2001
by Wendy Fawthrop
For a view of life that tosses everything — from race, to nationality, to the very meaning of home — on its ear, travel to the post-colonial world. Travel to the tropical climes where European cultures long ago set up shop amid dark-skinned natives, and where, years later, some stragglers remain, generations removed from their homeland.

 

OUTLAWCOOK.com
November 2001
by John Thorne
I should warn readers at the outset that the title of this book is probably the most interesting thing about it. The idea that there might be such as a lost white tribe subtly subverts our sense of the natural order of things. As provocative notions go, it offers the promise of a good read, and it certainly persuaded me to go tagging along with Orizio, an Italian journalist who is now a senior editor at CNN, as he travels to exotic climes to rediscover the descendents of white people abandoned like flotsam on the beach by the great ebb tide of European colonialism.

 

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