Mon, 17 Apr|
Global Book Club
Join DDE to discuss Do Not Disturb The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone
Time & Location
17 Apr 2023, 18:00 – 20:00
About the event
Global Book Club
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Meeting ID: 890 7330 5359
Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad by Michela Wrong
Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga, translated by Melanie Mauthner
These books are both set in Rwanda. The second is a novel, highly recommend by a member of the group.
Do Not Disturb
This book explores the controversial career of Paul Kagame and the legacy of the Rwandan genocide.
Do Not Disturb is a dramatic recasting of the modern history of Africa’s Great Lakes region, an area blighted by the greatest genocide of the twentieth century. This bold retelling, vividly sourced by direct testimony from key participants, tears up the traditional script.
The story of Patrick Karegeya, once Rwanda’s head of external intelligence, is used to paint the portrait of a modern African dictatorship created in the chilling likeness of Paul Kagame, the president who sanctioned his former friend’s murder.
Our Lady of the Nile
It is fifteen years prior to the 1994 Rwandan genocide and a quota permits only two Tutsi students for every twenty pupils. As Gloriosa, the school's Hutu queen bee, tries on her parents' preconceptions and prejudices, Veronica and Virginia, both Tutsis, are determined to find a place for themselves and their history.
In the struggle for power and acceptance, the lycée is transformed into a microcosm of the country's mounting racial tensions and violence. During the interminable rainy season, everything slowly unfolds behind the school's closed doors: friendship, curiosity, fear, deceit, and persecution.
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