Book presentation: Lieve Joris: 'Op de vleugels van de draak'

Book cover Op de vleugels van de draakLieve Joris will give a presentation on her newest book "Op de vleugels van de draak". Seada Nourhussen, Africa journalist at Trouw, will interview Lieve Joris, after which there will be a Q&A session with the audience. Language: English.

About the book
In her newest book Op de vleugels van de draak (On The Wings of The Dragon), Joris journeys between Africa and China. In keeping with the way of working she has refined over the years, she submerges herself in the world of Africans and Chinese who venture into each other’s territory in the slipstream of the big business contracts. With this book Lieve Joris won the VPRO Bob den Uyl prize 2014. Please read the Acquisition Highlight the Library wrote about this book.

This event is organized together with the International Institute for Asian Studies.

Lieve Joris, who was born in Belgium and lives in Amsterdam, is one of Europe’s leading nonfiction writers. She has written an award-winning book on Hungary and published widely acclaimed reports of her journeys in the Middle East and Africa.

In 1985 she set sail to the former Belgian colony of Congo, where her great-uncle had been a missionary. Congo became a recurring theme in her work, leading successively to Back to the Congo, Dans van de luipaard (The Leopard’s Dance), The Rebels’ Hour and De hoogvlaktes (The High Plains). The Rebels’ Hour was nominated for the T.R. Fyvel Book Award. For the French edition of The High Plains, Joris was awarded the Prix Nicolas Bouvier 2009. An extract from The High Plains was published in the winter 2009 issue of The Paris Review.

Photo: Jo Vermaercke





Photo Seada NourhussenSeada Nourhussen (Gondar, 1978) has been Dutch daily Trouw’s Africa-editor since 2009. Prior to that she worked for the domestic newsdesk, Elsevier, De Volkskrant and several other media outlets as a freelancer. In 2011 her book 'Bloedmobieltjes, Coltan in Congo' (Bloodmobiles, Coltan in Congo) appeared. She wrote essays for the scientific magazine Christen Democratische Verkenningen, the books 'Weg uit Babylon' en 'WTF! Volwassen worden na elf september'. Nourhussen is a regular speaker and moderator at debates and conferences.

Date, time and location

05 June 2014
15.30 - 17.00
Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
Room 5A47 (5th floor)