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Cockroaches

Author: Scholastique Mukasonga; Jordan Stump
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Archipelago Books, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Archipelago books editionView all editions and formats
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"Imagine being born into a world where everything about you--the shape of your nose, the look of your hair, the place of your birth--designates you as an undesirable, an inferior, a menace, no better than a cockroach, something to be driven away and ultimately exterminated. Imagine being thousands of miles away while your family and friends are brutally and methodically slaughtered. Imagine being entrusted by your  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Scholastique Mukasonga; Scholastique Mukasonga
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scholastique Mukasonga; Jordan Stump
ISBN: 9780914671534 0914671537
OCLC Number: 934676567
Description: 165 pages ; 18 cm
Other Titles: Inyenzi, ou, Les cafards.
Responsibility: Scholastique Mukasonga ; translated from the French by Jordan Stump.

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"Imagine being born into a world where everything about you--the shape of your nose, the look of your hair, the place of your birth--designates you as an undesirable, an inferior, a menace, no better than a cockroach, something to be driven away and ultimately exterminated. Imagine being thousands of miles away while your family and friends are brutally and methodically slaughtered. Imagine being entrusted by your parents with the mission of leaving everything you know and finding some way to survive, in the name of your family and your people. Scholastique Mukasonga's Cockroaches is the story of growing up a Tutsi in Hutu-dominated Rwanda--the story of a happy child, a loving family, all wiped out in the genocide of 1994. A vivid, bittersweet depiction of family life and bond in a time of immense hardship, it is also a story of incredible endurance, and the duty to remember that loss and those lost while somehow carrying on. Sweet, funny, wrenching, and deeply moving, Cockroaches is a window onto an unforgettable world of love, grief, and horror"

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