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Paul Theroux’s last African journey

A legendary travel writer says farewell to the continent—and ruffles some feathers

By David Anderson  

© William Furniss

The latest book from travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux, The Last Train to Zona Verde: Overland from Cape Town to Angola (Hamish Hamilton, £11.99), is a return both to Africa and to the perennial motif of the railway (present since his first book of travel, The Great Railway Bazaar, in 1975). The book is, in the words of its inside-cover, “an ode…

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