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The Resource We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families : stories from Rwanda, Philip Gourevitch

We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families : stories from Rwanda, Philip Gourevitch

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We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families : stories from Rwanda
Title
We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families
Title remainder
stories from Rwanda
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Philip Gourevitch
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An unforgettable firsthand account of a people's response to genocide and what it tells us about humanity. This remarkable debut book chronicles what has happened in Rwanda and neighboring states since 1994, when the Rwandan government called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Though the killing was low-tech--largely by machete--it was carried out at shocking speed: some 800,000 people were exterminated in a hundred days. A Tutsi pastor, in a letter to his church president, a Hutu, used the chilling phrase that gives Philip Gourevitch his title. With keen dramatic intensity, Gourevitch frames the genesis and horror of Rwanda's "genocidal logic" in the anguish of its aftermath: the mass displacements, the temptations of revenge and the quest for justice, the impossibly crowded prisons and refugee camps. Through intimate portraits of Rwandans in all walks of life, he focuses on the psychological and political challenges of survival and on how the new leaders of postcolonial Africa went to war in the Congo when resurgent genocidal forces threatened to overrun central Africa. Can a country composed largely of perpetrators and victims create a cohesive national society? This moving contribution to the literature of witness tells us much about the struggle everywhere to forge sane, habitable political orders, and about the stubbornness of the human spirit in a world of extremity
Summary
In 1994, when the Rwanda government called on everyone in the Hutu majority to kill everyone in the Tutsi minority, 800,000 Tutsis were murdered. This haunting work is an anatomy of the killings and a vivid history of the genocide's background and aftermath
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Award
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, 1998.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction, 1998.
  • Guardian First Book Award, 1999.
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154376
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
364.15/1/0967571
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Index
no index present
LC call number
DT450.435
LC item number
.G68 1998
Literary form
non fiction
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Target audience
adult
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stories from Rwanda
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We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families : stories from Rwanda, Philip Gourevitch
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Publication
Control code
187057
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
355 p.
Isbn
9780374286972
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
98022132
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System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm39169952
  • (OCoLC)39169952
Label
We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families : stories from Rwanda, Philip Gourevitch
Link
Publication
Control code
187057
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
355 p.
Isbn
9780374286972
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
98022132
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm39169952
  • (OCoLC)39169952

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