Hailed everywhere as a masterpiece of suspense, John le Carrã©'s return to Africa is the story of Bruno Salvador (aka Salvo), the 25-year-old orphaned love child of an Irish missionary and a Congolese woman. Quickly rising to the top of his profession as an interpreter, Salvo is dispatched by British Intelligence to a top-secret meeting between Western financiers and East Congolese warlords, where he hears things not meant for his ears - and is forced to interpret matters never intended for his reawoken African conscience. By turns thriller, love story, and comic allegory of our times, THE MISSION SONGâ recounts Salvo's heroically naã¯ve journey out of the dark of Western hypocrisy and into the heart of lightness.
Bruno Salvador, a half-Congolese interpreter living in London, is approached by a shadowy organization called the Syndicate to help facilitate a deal that will be good for the future of Congo. He takes the job in part to help his mother's homeland, in part to impress his celebrity journalist wife, Hannah. Soon, Bruno finds himself on a tiny island, using his genius with languages to mediate among a triumvirate of powerful and dangerous men with connections to African militias. Slowly, the naïve Salvador begins to uncover the insidious plot that the Syndicate has in mind, and with the aid of Hannah must try to prevent further exploitation of Africa.
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- August 1, 2008
- August 1, 2008
- John Le Carre