The Catastrophist : Shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award, The Catastrophist is a haunting novel set in the politically charged landscape of the Belgian Congo just before independence. At its heart is the passion between novelist James Gillespie and the fiery idealistic journalistic Iní¨s, whom he follows to Africa as their affair begins to fray. He is willfully apolitical and desperate for her love, while she is obsessed with the unfolding drama. In a country that will self-destruct upon independence, Gillespie is plunged into violence and betrayal, and moved by love to a final act of nobility. The Catastrophist delivers heart-stopping suspense, profound moral questioning, and a searing depiction of a doomed love.