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The Oldest Orphan

Price: 11.39 USD

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Author Name: Monenembo, Tierno

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Publisher U.S.A UNIV OF NEBRASKA PR 2004

ISBN Number 0803282850 / 9780803282858

Seller ID 076645

Tierno Monenembo was among the African authors invited to Rwanda after the 1994 Tutsi-Hutu massacre to "write genocide into memory." In his novel "The Oldest Orphan," that is precisely what Monenembo does, to devastating effect. Powerful testimony to an unspeakable historical reality, this story is told by an adolescent on death row in a prison in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Dispassionately, almost cynically, the teenager Faustin tells his tale, alternating between his days in jail, his adventures wandering the countryside after his parents and most of the people of his village have been massacred, and his escapades as a cheerful hoodlum in the streets of Kigali. Only slowly does the full horror of his parents' death and his own experience return to Faustin. His realization strikes the reader with shattering force, for it carries in its wake the impossible but inescapable questions presented by such a murderous episode of history and such a crippling experience for a child, a people, and a nation.

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The Oldest Orphan, Tierno Monenembo (Author) , Monique Fleury Nagem (Translator) , Adele King (Introduction)
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