In remote villages of the Congo, the children of more than 1,000 families have been taken by armed members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and made to become slaves and "wives." In The Invisible Enemy
, Jonathan Littell--war correspondent and author of the novel The Kindly Ones
--investigates the panic, disbelief, and powerlessness faced by the effected families. He journeys to jungle and savannah villages where the LRA hides, interviewing children who escaped, government officials who help the victims, and military officers who lead the anti-LRA operations. Haunted with images of terror, Littell's history of the LRA's atrocious campaign nevertheless offers powerful psychological portraits, richly described landscapes, strategic details of both sides' operations. --Paul Diamond
About the Author
Jonathan Littell was born in 1967 in New York of American parents and brought up and educated mainly in France. His novel The Kindly Ones
, originally published in France as Les Bienveillantes, became a bestseller and won the coveted Prix Goncourt and the Académie Française's Prix de Littérature. Previously he worked for the humanitarian agency, Action contre la faim, in Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He now lives in Spain.