Philip Gourevitch - We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda

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Decimation means the killing of every tenth person in a population, and in the spring and early summer of 1994 a program of massacres decimated the Republic of Rwanda. Although the killing was low-tech--performed largely by machete--it was carried out at dazzling speed: of an original population of about seven and a half million, at least eight hundred thousand people were killed in just a hundred days. Rwandans often speak of a million deaths, and they may be right. The dead of Rwanda accumulated at nearly three times the rate of Jewish dead during the Holocaust. It was the most efficient mass killing since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Philip Gourevitch

Book Editions

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Audio - Audio CassetteUnabridged9September 01, 2007Blackstone Audio Inc6.5"(h) x 4.25"(w) x 2.75"(d), 0.75 lbs.9781433203473, Audio - Compact DiscUnabridged10September 01, 2007Blackstone Audio Inc6"(h) x 5.25"(w) x 1"(d), 0.6 lbs.9781433203480, Audio - MP3 CD1September 01, 2007Blackstone Audio Inc7.5"(h) x 5.5"(w) x 0.5"(d), 0.2 lbs.9781433203497, Paperback355September 04, 1999Picador USA8.25"(h) x 5.5"(w) x 1.25"(d), 0.7 lbs.9780312243357

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Time Out (New York): "...a rare thing indeed: an informed, heartfelt, thoughtful book about the season of government-sponsored mass killings in Rwanda that have belatedly been acknowledged as genocide....a valuable addition to the literature of witness and a reminder of Primo Levi's sobering words: 'It happened, therefore it can happen again....It can happen everywhere.", Packer, George, Nation: "Gourevitch is a morally serious writer, and he's at his very best when listening to ordinary Rwandans, especially the survivors, and trying to make sense of their stories. These voices haunt the book, and they haunt the reader afterward.", Stone, Robert: "...a major successor to the handful of great correspondents who have risked life and safety to bring dark truths to a world reluctant to know of them. Like the greatest war reporters, he raises the human banner in hell's mouth, the insignia of common sense, of quiet moral authority, of blessed humor. He has the mind of a scholar along with the observative capacity of a good novelist, and he writes like an angel."

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In the Southern hill town of Gikongoro, the electricity had failed for the night; the Guest House bar was lit by a half dozen candles, and the eyes of the three soldiers who invited me to drink glowed the color of blood oranges.