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Rwanda Means the Universe

A Native's Memoir of Blood and Bloodlines

Author: Louise Mushikiwabo and Jack Kramer

Rwanda Means the Universe

Rwanda Means the Universe

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Mushikiwabo is a Rwandan working as a translator in Washington when she learns that most of her family back home has been killed in a conspiracy meticulously planned by the state. First comes shock,...

Page Count
384
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On Sale
04/01/2007

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Mushikiwabo is a Rwandan working as a translator in Washington when she learns that most of her family back home has been killed in a conspiracy meticulously planned by the state. First comes shock, then aftershock, three months of it, during which her worst fears are confirmed: The same state apparatus has duped millions of Rwandans into butchering nearly a million of their neighbors.
Years earlier, her brother Lando wrote her a letter she never got until now. Urged on by it, she rummages into their farm childhood, and into family corners alternately dark, loving, and humorous. She searches for stray mementos of the lost, then for their roots. What she finds is that and more---hints, roots, of the 1994 crime that killed her family. Her narrative takes the reader on a journey from the days the world and Rwanda discovered each other back to colonial period when pseudoscientific ideas about race put the nation on a highway bound for the 1994 genocide.
Seven years of full-time collaboration by two writers---and the faith of family and friends---went into this emotionally charged work. Rwanda Means the Universe is at once a celebration of the lives of the lost and homage to their past, but it's no comfortable tribute. It's an expression of dogged hope in the face of modern evil.

Imprint Publisher

St. Martin's Press

ISBN

9781429907316

In The News

“This wonderful book, whose narrative weaves history on a truly epic and yet human scale, tells the story of a family in Rwanda whose world is about to crash into ruins. This is a brilliant and unique perspective on one of the milestone events of the twentieth century -- the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. It provides all of us a deeper understanding of what happened. At last, in these pages, we hear the voice of the people of Rwanda. ” —Linda Melvern , author of Conspiracy to Murder and A People Betrayed

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Rwanda Means the Universe

Rwanda Means the Universe

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