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Harvest of skulls

Author: Abdourahman A Waberi; Dominic Richard David Thomas
Publisher: Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, 2016.
Series: Global African voices.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1994, the Akazu, Rwanda's political elite, planned the genocidal mass slaughter of 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsi and Hutu who lived in the country. Given the failure of the international community to acknowledge the genocide, in 1998, ten African authors visited Rwanda in a writing initiative that was an attempt to make partial amends. Abdourahman A. Waberi claims, "Language remains inadequate in accounting for the  Read more...
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Waberi, Abdourahman A., 1965- author.
Harvest of skulls
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016020660
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abdourahman A Waberi; Dominic Richard David Thomas
ISBN: 9780253024329 0253024323
OCLC Number: 945640880
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xxi, 54 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Preface: Postgenocide Rwanda --
Terminus --
The cavalcade --
And the dogs feasted --
No, Kigali is not sad --
Return to Kigali --
Bujumbura Beach --
Afterword --
Note on translations.
Series Title: Global African voices.
Other Titles: Moisson de crânes.
Responsibility: Abdourahman A. Waberi ; Translated by Dominic Thomas.

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"In 1994, the Akazu, Rwanda's political elite, planned the genocidal mass slaughter of 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsi and Hutu who lived in the country. Given the failure of the international community to acknowledge the genocide, in 1998, ten African authors visited Rwanda in a writing initiative that was an attempt to make partial amends. Abdourahman A. Waberi claims, "Language remains inadequate in accounting for the world and all its turpitudes, words can never be more than unstable crutches, staggering along . . . And yet, if we want to hold on to a glimmer of hope in the world, the only miraculous weapons we have at our disposal are these same clumsy supports." Shaped by the author's own experiences in Rwanda and by the stories shared by survivors, Harvest of Skulls stands twenty years after the genocide as an indisputable resource for discussions on testimony and witnessing, the complex relationship between victims and perpetrators, the power of the moral imagination, and how survivors can rebuild a society haunted by the ghost of its history."--

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