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Autobiography Gives Child's Eye View of West African Regime Change and Family Fallout
Date:4/26/2010

‘When Everything Has Fallen’ by Nathalia Zongo, published by BookSurge

(PRWEB) April 26, 2010 -- Few of us, by the age of 25, have a life story complete and compelling enough to command an audience, whatever celebrity footballers might pretend. An exception is African born author, Nathalia Zongo, who lived a childhood of crisis, hardship and deliverance in a time of bloody political turmoil, made all the more remarkable by the fact that in her early 20s she started to learn English from scratch and by her mid 20s had written – in a beautiful, lyrical English – an enthralling autobiography, published in the US in 2007 and now available in the UK.



‘When Everything Has Fallen’ is the captivating tale of a young girl born in the impoverished African country of Burkina-Faso to a father who was the president’s chief military officer and who was forced to flee with a price on his head after the 1987 assassination of the president, Tomas Sankara, in a political coup.

Zongo, now 28, was just five when her world was turned upside down by national politics and her story began in earnest. From the first pages, the reader is drawn into her world, not least by her unmistakably West African rhythms and cadence, as well as a candour and charm which together create a sense that one is not so much reading this life story as sitting intimately in the room with the author as she talks quietly and from the heart.

The assassination of Sankara – who was generally felt to be a forward thinking leader despite himself gaining power through a coup, and who upset traditionalists by promoting improvements in health, education and women’s rights – made Nathalia Zongo’s father, Etienne Zongo*, persona non grata in his own country. Arrested, imprisoned and tortured several times, and otherwise held under house arr
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