We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families

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'I know few books, fiction or non-fiction, as compelling as Philip Gourevitch's account of the Rwandan genocide' Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm 'Like the greatest war reporters, Philip Gourevitch raises the human banner in hell's mouth ...This volume establishes him as the peer of Michael Herr, there is no limit to what we may expect from him' Robert Stone 'Magnificent, terrifying ...Gourevitch's account is factual, unemotional -- and utterly gut-wrenching ...The great achievement of his book is that it allows us to imagine this unimaginable crime ...and those who stood by, human beings all' Irish Times 'A sparkling jewel that shone no matter what angle you looked at it from' Amanda Foreman 'Gourevitch constructs a powerful indictment against international inaction ...In his meticulous journalistic reconstruction he drives home the point that this is a history like any other ...It is also a stark rebuttal of those who have tried to separate what happened in Nazi Germany and what happened in central Africa half a century later' Observer 'Philip Gourevitch has written the book which is the key to these dramatic and terrifying events ...Should be compulsory reading ...for all UN officials involved in peace-keeping operations and humanitarian aid, from the Secretary General on down' Guardianshow more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 24mm | 299.37g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprints
  • maps
  • 0330371215
  • 9780330371216
  • 39,825

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"[It is the] sobering voice of witness that Gourevitch has vividly captured in his work."—Wole Soyinka, " The New York Times Book Review" "[Gourevitch] has the mind of a scholar along with the observative capacity of a good novelist, and he writes like an angel. This volume establishes him as the peer of Michael Herr, Ryszard Kapuscinski, and Tobias Wolff. I think there is no limit to what we may expect from him."—Robert Stone "A sobering, revealing, and deeply thoughtful chronicle."—"The Boston Globe" "The most important book I have read in many years . . . [Gourevitch] examines [the genocidal war in Rwanda] with humility, anger, grief and a remarkable level of both political and moral intelligence."—Susie Linfield, " Los Angeles Times" "Shocking and important . . . clear and balanced . . . the voice in this book is meticulous and humane."--Michael Pearson, "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" "Astonishing . . . [Gourevitch] is masterful at plshow more

Review Text

In April 1995, a year after the genocide began, Bill Buford of The New Yorker despatched his most talented young staff reporter to Rwanda. Gourevitch arrived carrying most of the necessary equipment: compassion, imagination, humour, emotional resilience, fair-mindedness, political shrewdness and an unwavering moral compass. During the next three years he spent long periods there, probing ever more deeply into its tragedy. This situation and its consequences were not - as many like to imagine - a peculiarly 'African' aberration and Gourevitch deftly unravels the tangled skein of outside influences. Let no-one be deterred by his blood-soaked subject. He is a superb storyteller and this is a narrative of extraordinary interest leading to unexpected conclusions. Gourevitch skilfully avoids sensationalism while never allowing his readers to dodge the uniquely dreadful and evil realities of genocide. On one level this book is a meticulously researched study of Rwanda's crimes against humanity - its historical origins, its political organization, its social and psychological aftermath. On another level, it records Gourevitch's personal struggle to understand the diseased postcolonial culture in which the genocide is embedded. No-one else has written so perceptively about the agonizing dilemmas and conflicts that continue to torment this severely traumatized society. It is not now (perhaps never was?) a welcoming society; outsiders are distrusted. Yet one senses that during Gourevitch's involvement he came to be accepted by many Rwandans - of all sorts - as someone who truly cared about their tragedy, for whom it was not merely 'raw material' to be profitably processed. Unusually this author combines a scholarly approach to his subject and a warm relationship with his readers. In his congenial company, what might have been a depressing and harrowing narrative is 'a good read'. Given the grim context it may seem crass to use the adjective 'enjoyable' - yet any book, whatever its theme, has to be enjoyable when it is so well written. Review by DERVLA MURPHY Editor's note: Dervla Murphy is the author of several travel and non-fiction titles including Eight Feet in the Andes, South from the Limpopo and Visiting Rwanda. (Kirkus UK)show more

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