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Paul Theroux in Uganda–A World Turned Upside-Down

Paul Theroux in Uganda–A World Turned Upside-Down

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Bea Hogan (Uzbekistan 1992-94) A World Turned Upside-Down In 1966, the writer Paul Theroux was in Uganda at a time of curfew and violence. It shaped his thinking about travel writing’s imperative to bear witness. Smoke rising in Uganda during the 1966 upheaval.Credit…Priya Ramrakha/Getty By Paul Theroux New York Times March 30, 2020 In this season of infection, the stock market little more than a twitching corpse, in an atmosphere of alarm and despondency, I am reminded of the enlightenments of the strict curfew Uganda endured in 1966. It was, for all its miseries, an episode of life lessons, as well as monotonous moralizing (because most crises enliven bores and provoke sententiousness). I would not have missed it for anything.   That curfew evoked — like today — the world turned upside-down. This peculiarity that we are now experiencing, the nearest thing to a world . . .

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