Former journalist, Paul Steenbrugge is asked for a performance evaluation in an African country. He is currently with his son who is in the hospital. He does not want to go away, but he can use the money. With four colleagues, he gets entangled in a morass of incompetence, corruption and short-sighted self-interest. And a difficult relationship with one of them-the beautiful but complicated Maria-to keep it up. Until Maria goes home ill and he discovers her secret. This is a story about loneliness and integrity. About how to stay true to yourself in a situation where no one expects you to be. Ton Nijzink (1946) wrote for several newspapers and magazines and has long been the editor of a journal on development in the Third World. The sharp humor of his columns was much appreciated. He lived and worked in Tanzania and Burkina Faso. Fifteen years ago, he settled with his wife and son in an old water mill in central France. He likes to live at the crossroads of different cultures and to write about it.
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