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"The Parachute Drop" by Norbert Zongo
  • Christopher Wise, Western Washington University
Norbert Zongo's The Parachute Drop is the story of a corrupt African dictator who betrays his people for personal gain at the behest of neocolonial French powers. In his preface, Zongo describes the torture he underwent for writing this novel. In 1997, Zongo was assassinated by agents of Blaise Compaoré, the president of Burkina Faso, for his investigative journalism along with his brother and two other friends. His assassination led to a period of intense unrest that ultimately led to the fall of Compaoré's regime of corruption and impunity. Christopher Wise wrote the introduction and translated the novel from French.
  • Norbert Zongo,
  • The Parachute Drop,
  • Christopher Wise,
  • Burkina Faso,
  • Burkina Faso novel
Publication Date
Christopher Wise, translator
Africa World Press
Citation Information
Christopher Wise. "The Parachute Drop" by Norbert Zongo. Tenton, New Jersey and Asmara, Eritrea(2004)
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