Variations on Unjust Times
 
by
Chris Filostrat

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                                                  The Story of  Mobutu and  the United States               
                             Variations sur un Temps Injuste, une histoire qui a mal tourné.
                                                    A história de Mobutu e os Estados Unidos,                                                                Variações sobre um Tempo Injusto, uma história que deu errado.      

 

Le Colosse de Rhodes, une icône du colonialisme.


Il n’y a pas si longtemps, le soleil était fixé sur l'Empire britannique. Aujourd’hui, le soleil peut difficilement trouver les Anglais. Si seulement cela était également vrai de ce que leur impérialisme a forgé sur le monde.


«Variations sur un Temps Injuste est l’histoire de l’abandon de Mobutu Sese Seko par les États Unis à la fin de la guerre froide. Chronique d'une punition.


Absolument fascinant ... »



Variations sur un Temps Injuste par Chris Filostrat est l' histoire d'une histoire qui a mal tourné. Une vérité que vous ne serez oublier.


(Ce livre sera chez 

Amazon.com.)


Elle vous a fait rêvé, et vous a donné son tout. Vous avez trouvé le bonheur dans ce que vous appelez la plus belle relation de votre vie. Ensuite, un événement ... et elle vous abandonne.   Seul, le cœur brisé, vous blâmez un complot ou quelqu'un d’autre qu’elle ou vous-même, surtout si il y a un proche déterminé à exploiter votre chagrin.


Ainsi était le dictateur romancé pendant plus de trente ans par les États Unis, jusqu'à ce que l'Union soviétique soit relégué au passé et l'affection de Washington se tourne vers l'indifférence suivie par la désapprobation.


Poussé par son chef de sécurité, le dictateur blâme les Tutsis et leurs parents les Banyamulenges dans sa province orientale, déchaînant toute sorte de malheur sur la région.


Une histoire politique a ampleur internationale, Variations sur un Temps Injuste, explore la vie des personnes en Europe, en Afrique, en Amérique, en Chine qui luttent pour survivre à leurs châteaux en ruines et leurs intrigues, comme ils s’enchevêtrent dans leurs propres limites, leurs histoires, leurs désirs et ce que les amis et les ennemis ont en réserve pour eux.


Variations sur un Temps Injuste est une histoire qui a mal tourné.

(Ce livre sera chez Amazon.com.)


 

 

"Variações sobre um Tempo Injusto é a história do abandono de Mobutu Sese Seko pelos Estados Unidos no final da Guerra Fria.

Absolutamente fascinante ... "

(O livro será em Amazon.com.)

        Chris's next book, Variations on Unjust times gives an account of Mobutu Sese Seko’s friendship with six presidents of the United States.  The truth is a tale you won't forget.


«Variations sur un Temps Injuste est l’histoire de l’abandon de Mobutu Sese Seko par les États Unis à la fin de la guerre froide. Absolument fascinant ... »


Mokonzi na                               Bakonzi

"Variations on Unjust Times is the story of the abandonment of Mobutu Sese Seko by the United States at the end of the Cold War. Absolutely fascinating ... "


She romanced you, and you gave her everything. You found happiness in what you’d always call the defining relationship of your life. Then an incident … and she abandons you. Alone and heartbroken, you blame a conspiracy or someone other than her or yourself, especially if a trusted advisor who may be taking advantage of your sorrow nudges you on.



So was the dictator romanced for more than thirty years, until the Soviet Union relegated itself to the past and Washington’s affection turned to indifference followed by disapproval. 


Prodded by his chief of security, the dictator places the blame on the Tutsis and their kin the Banyamulenge in his eastern province, unleashing all manner of evil on the region.


An international political tale, Variations on Unjust Times explores the lives of people in several countries struggling to survive webs of crumbling castles and intrigues, as they entangle themselves in their own limitations, history, yearnings and what friends and foes have in store for them.

                                                                       

                                                                       *****


                    Variations sur un Temps Injuste est une histoire d'amour qui a mal tourné   (Ce livre sera chez Amazon.com.)


Elle vous a fait rêvé, et vous a donné son tout. Vous avez trouvé le bonheur dans ce que vous appelez la plus belle relation de votre vie. Ensuite, un événement ... et elle vous abandonne. Seul, le cœur brisé, vous blâmez un complot ou quelqu'un d’autre qu’elle ou vous-même, surtout si il y a un proche déterminé à exploiter votre chagrin.


Ainsi était le dictateur romancé pendant plus de trente ans par les États Unis, jusqu'à ce que l'Union soviétique soit relégué au passé et l'affection de Washington se tourne vers l'indifférence suivie par la désapprobation.


Poussé par son chef de sécurité, le dictateur blâme les Tutsis et leurs parents les Banyamulenges dans sa province orientale, déchaînant toute sorte de malheur sur la région.


Une histoire politique a ampleur internationale, Variations sur un Temps Injuste, explore la vie des personnes en Europe, en Afrique, en Amérique, en Chine qui luttent pour survivre à leurs châteaux en ruines et leurs intrigues, comme ils s’enchevêtrent dans leurs propres limites, leurs histoires, leurs désirs et ce que les amis et les ennemis ont en réserve pour eux.


                        Variations sur un Temps Injuste est une histoire d'amour qui a mal tourné.

                        (Ce livre sera chez Amazon.com.)



 

 

 

The Rhodes Colossus, an icon of colonialism.

Not that long ago the sun did not set on the British Empire. Now the sun can hardly find the British. Would that were also true of what their imperialism wrought on the world.
It will be a very long time before the sun sets on that curse. 


Chris was not always a full time writer. For more than twenty years, he traveled the world as a semi-US diplomat, which enabled him  to  collect experiences and stories to write about when he no longer wore scratchy suits and blue-colored ties and sat down at a keyboard.


Chris found a connection with the African narrative, and of all the stories he heard around the world, he was most taken by the ones about European colonialism and what that wrought in Africa.  So he amassed tales about the coming of the Europeans, their outlook, policies and attitudes before and after European women set foot on the continent; and the shock everything European had on the people of Africa. 


           Jerome's Pillows

A Belgian nun retires after laboring fifty-five years as a nurse in the Congo. Now she yearns to reach out to the world outside with her unique story. She entered the convent out of love for a classmate whose ambition was to be a nun. Her concern is that what she says will not do justice to her beloved or to her life’s love story. That concern imposes the obligation to tell the truth completely and unadornedly. Then too, she is beset by the question of suicide: what to do if life is not worth living? That started the day of her vows after she was told that her mother had ended her life. Her beloved then commits suicide and she is left alone to witness the decolonization of the Congo. Having arrived there in 1945 she has a front row seat. Dauntlessly she recounts what the Congolese do and how Belgium struggles to retain its grip on the colony. As to the question regarding suicide, she is able to answer in the manner her own life ends.


Get it at:

http://www.ahlpub.com/jeromes-pillows.asp

http://www.amazon.com/Jeromes-Pillows-Christian-Filostrat/dp/193762272X.




                   The Gospel of Thomas

The Gospel of Thomas is the story of a Peace Corps volunteer whose experience in Senegal is crucial to what he does when he becomes President of the United States. Turmoil in the Catholic Church threatens religious wars in the world. The president is forced to get involved, and he remembers a charismatic Congolese bishop he met in Senegal and decides that this bishop should be pope. The Chinese get an inkling of the president’s intention. The bishop is a strident censor of Chinese policies in Africa. They too then are forced to get involved.   

 

Buy it at Amazon.com

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Gospel-Thomas-Christian-Filostrat/dp/0983115125




                   The Beggars' Pursuit 

The Beggars' Pursuit is the first of Chris's books to tell the story of Africa's European colonization.  Fittingly it begins with a Belgian priest who takes his first vacation in Paris in 1936. He meets and befriends African students and even falls in love with a Senegalese one. These students frighten him out of his clerical vocation, as he realizes that they are plotting the demise of Belgian colonialism in Africa. He meets up with Leopold Senghor, who, ashamed of his first name, calls himself, L. Sedar Senghor, Aimé Césaire and Léon Damas who talk about nothing else but Négritude and Marxism. The priest will go to the Congo, where he will attempt to turn the Congolese away from their ancient beliefs. When he’s poisoned, he accepts that he has wronged the Africans and as penance he gives himself willingly to the great river.   

Buy it at Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/Beggars-Pursuit-Christian-Filostrat/dp/




                  Negritude Agonistes

Negritude Agonistes is the story of a word and where scholars thought it came from.  Negritude was used for the first time in one of the many insignificant student newspapers in 1935 Paris.  In l’Etudiant Noir, Aimé Césaire uses that word – the black self – against the Communists' call to the French colonies in Africa and the Caribbean to rise up under their banner.  Césaire brings forth the term Négritude to argue in favor of "Racial Consciousness" against the Communists’ incitement to “Social Revolution.”  When he renounced his membership in the Communist Party in 1956, he wrote his famous Letter to Maurice Thorez in exactly along the same lines, a repetition of his 1935 Racial Consciousness and Social Revolution article in l’Etudiant Noir.

 

Buy it at Amazon.com

 

http://www.amazon.com/Negritude-Agonistes-Assimilation-Nationalism-French-Speaking/dp/

Léon G. Damas



Mine


de


Rien


The last collection of poems by one of the originators of Négritude, Leon G. Damas is Mine de Rien. (When Damas was composing Mine de Rien, he would call me over to his apartment in southwest, Washington D.C. to read aloud what he had written. Back then my translation of Mine de Rien was “Casually.” It was also my understanding that Damas, who loved play on words, was also referring to the gold mines of his native Guyanne.)


Mine de Rien is at: http://www.leondamas-mine-de-rien.com/ It’s a great read and a chance to practice your French.


Le dernier recueil de poèmes  par l'un des initiateurs de la négritude, Léon G. Damas, s’intitule Mine de Rien. (Lorsque Damas composait Mine de Rien, il m'appelait à son appartement dans le sud ouest de Washington DC pour lire à haute voix ce qu'il avait écrit. A l’époque c''était mon sens que Damas, qui aimait jouer sur les mots, faisait allusion aux mines d'or de sa Guyane natale.)


Mine de Rien est sur http://www.leondamas-mine-de-rien.com/


This is the picture of the issue of the student newspaper in which Aimé Césaire forged the expression and defined the concept of Negritude.




It's the No. 3 (May-June 1935) of L'Etudiant Noir, Journal Mensuel de l'Association des Étudiants Martiniquais en France, The Black Student, Monthly Journal of the Martiniquan Student Association in France. 


If you're interested in Negritude, I would be glad to send you a copy of this issue of L'Etudiant Noir. 

 

Then, too, I strongly recommend you visit http://www.negritudeagonistesbook.com 





                                    Jerome's Pillows

A Belgian nun retires after laboring fifty-five years as a nurse in the Congo. Now she yearns to reach out to the world outside with her unique story. She entered the convent out of love for a classmate whose ambition was to be a nun. Her concern is that what she says will not do justice to her beloved or to her life’s love story. That concern imposes the obligation to tell the truth completely and unadornedly. Then too, she is beset by the question of suicide: what to do if life is not worth living? That started the day of her vows after she was told that her mother had ended her life. Her beloved then commits suicide and she is left alone to witness the decolonization of the Congo. Having arrived there in 1945 she has a front row seat. Dauntlessly she recounts what the Congolese do and how Belgium struggles to retain its grip on the colony. As to the question regarding suicide, she is able to answer in the manner her own life ends.


Get it at:

http://www.ahlpub.com/jeromes-pillows.asp 

http://www.amazon.com/Jeromes-Pillows-Christian-Filostrat/dp/193762272X.