The idea was to enable African writers whom the organisers thought had not been heard sufficiently on the subject of the events to respond creatively and inspiringly to that terrible time. Several very highly rated novels resulted from this partly communal endeavour, proving cynics wrong. The interesting thing about the text profiled in the present entry is that it has only a tiny section very late in the novel where the genocidal experience is described; the novel needs to be reread to pick up the subtle hints to a past about which the title protagonist keeps silent for most of the text. At present he resides in France. He earned a doctorate in biochemistry in Lyon, but is now a full-time writer. The clever title of the novel the meaning of which becomes clear only near the end of the narrative was suggested to the author by a Rwandan friend, he says. We meet him at the age of 15, in jail in Kigali the Rwandan capital on the eve of his execution. The narrative recalls the brief life of this youngster, who tells his own story.
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Powerful testimony to an unspeakable historical reality, this story is told by an adolescent on death row in a prison in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Dispassionately, almost cynically, the teenager Faustin tells his tale, alternating between his days in jail, his adventures wandering the countryside after his parents and most of the people of his village have been massacred, and his escapades as a cheerful hoodlum in the streets of Kigali. His realization strikes the reader with shattering force, for it carries in its wake the impossible but inescapable questions presented by such a murderous episode of history and such a crippling experience for a child, a people, and a nation. Author Bio. That it is an African tragedy and that the author is African makes it all the more important for American readers in these perilous times when national borders grow increasingly fragile. Translated with eloquent grace by Monique Fleury Nagem, this powerful book deserves the widest possible audience.
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