The Antelope's Strategy

Living in Rwanda After the Genocide

Jean Hatzfeld; Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale

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One hot May morning in 2003, a crowd of Hutus who had participated in the genocidal killings of April 1994 in Rwanda filed out of prison and into the sunshine, singing hallelujahs, their freedom granted by presidential pardon. As they returned to their old villages, Tutsi survivors watched as the people who had killed their neighbors and families returned to the homes around them. In The Antelope's Strategy, Jean Hatzfeld returns to Rwanda to talk with both Hutus and Tutsis struggling to live side by side. We hear the voices of killers who have been released from prison or returned from exile, and Tutsi escapees who must now tolerate them as neighbors. How are they managing with the process of reconciliation? Is such a thing even possible? The enormously varied answers Hatzfeld gets suggest that little faith in true recovery survives among those who lived through the genocide. This is an astonishing exploration of the pain of memory, the nature of stoic hope, and the ineradicability of grief.

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"When Satan offered the seven deadly sins to mankind, the African took gluttony and anger. I don't know whether he was the first to choose or the last. I don't know what the Whites or Asians snagged for themselves, either, because I haven't traveled through this world. But I do know that our choice will always work against us. Greed sows more strife and warfare across Africa than drought or ignorance. And in the mayhem, it managedto sow our thousand hills with genocide."

 

Pausing with a slow smile, as if to soften her words,

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"Daring...Hatzfeld captures ordinary Rwandans at their most contemplative, working out the dilemma that will define the rest of their lives: How can survivors and killers share hilltops again?"--Jina Moore, The Christian Science Monitor

"Artfully written . . . a book that illustrates vividly the thorny realities that accompany survival and appeasement."--Nora Krug, The Washington Post

"Harrowing . . . Hatzfeld tackles the hardest questions of justice and reparations; of why some are broken or fall into despair while others are able to find anew some peace of mind and pleasure in life."---Anita Sethi, The Independent (UK)

 "An amazing look at the reconciliation of evil and forgiveness."--Vanessa Bush, Booklist


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Jean Hatzfeld; Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale

Jean Hatzfeld, an international reporter for Libération since 1973, is the author of many books, including Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak (FSG, 2005). He lives in Paris.

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The Antelope's Strategy
Living in Rwanda After the Genocide
Jean Hatzfeld; Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale

Trade Paperback

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Picador
March 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312429379
ISBN10: 0312429371
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages, Includes two maps and a chronology
$17.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2010
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ISBN: 9781429940474
ISBN10: 1429940476
256 pages
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