We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families Stories From Rwanda

Philip Gourevitch




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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

In April 1994, the Rwandan government called upon everyone in the Hutu majority to kill each member of the Tutsi minority, and over the next three months 800,000 Tutsis perished in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler's war against the Jews. Philip Gourevitch's haunting work is an anatomy of the war in Rwanda, a vivid history of the tragedy's background, and an unforgettable account of its aftermath. One of the most acclaimed books of the year, this account will endure as a chilling document of our time.


Praise for We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families

"[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's book poses the preeminent question of our time: What—if anything—does it mean to be a human being at the end of the twentieth century? . . . He 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 placing the unspeakability of mass murder into actual people's mouths and inhabiting it in actual people's stories."—Mark Gevisser, Newsday

"A staggeringly good book . . . Gourevitch's beautiful writing drives you deep into Rwanda, his brilliant reportage tells you everything that can be seen from an event beyond imagining or explaining . . . He drives you, in fact, right up against the limits of what a book can do . . . [We Wish to Inform You] should be on bookshelves forever."—Tom Engelhardt, The Philadelphia Inquirer

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We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families

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Leontius, the son of Aglaion, was coming up from the Peiraeus, close to the outer side of the north wall, when he saw some dead bodies...

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  • Philip Gourevitch

  • Philip Gourevitch is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a contributing editor to the Forward. He has reported from Africa, Asia, and Europe for a number of magazines, including Granta, Harper's, and The New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City.

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