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The Antelope's Strategy: Living in Rwanda…

The Antelope's Strategy: Living in Rwanda After the Genocide (2007)

by Jean Hatzfeld

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Writer Philip Gourevitch has chosen to discuss Jean Hatzfeld’s The Antelope's Strategy: Living in Rwanda After the Genocide on FiveBooks as one of the top five on his subject - Rwanda, saying that:

"...In this book you see the evolution of Jean Hatzfeld with these two groups, the survivors and the killers, and his reflections on what is called ‘Reconciliation’ by the government - but is practically just the problem of living together. And it’s a beautiful book, it’s a book that’s incredibly deep. It’s about death, it also tells you something very shocking, which is that ultimately this process of reintegration is really not hard at all on the killers. They go home, they have their freedom, they have their fields, they have their families waiting for them. And obviously the survivors have a much, much harder time reintegrating...."

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The Antelope's Strategy is the third in a trilogy of books about the Rwandan genocide by French journalist Jean Hatzfeld. All of the books are marvels -- reporting the incomprehensible cruelties and depravity of the killing (by machete) of Tutsis by Hutus over a period of a few months in 1994. The first book, Life Laid Bare, gives the witness of a number of Tutsi survivors, spare reporting, eloquent, breathtaking; the second, Machete Season, offers the more flat testimonies of a group of Hutu friends, killers all, from prison and how they remember those harrowing days; and this book The Antelope's Strategy, gives an update from both groups 13 years after the killings, when Tutsi survivors and Hutu murderers are again living side-by-side, if warily, in their villages. What happened is stunning to think about, and can only be described as, yes, total depravity. How to come out of such cruel and senseless carnage with a life is the question all these books take up, and The Antelope's Strategy gives as good an answer as we are likely to get. Many thanks to Jean Hatzfeld and his excellent translator, Linda Coverdale, for a work of tragedy, truth, and simple grandeur. ( )
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Achilles, GretchenDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In two previous works, journalist Hatzfeld offered a profound, harrowing witness to the pain and horror in the mass killings of one group of people by another. Combining his own analysis of the events with interviews from both Hutu killers and Tutsi survivors, he explored the psychology of evil, and of survival, in unprecedented depth. Now he returns to Rwanda seven years later to talk with both the Hutus and Tutsis he'd come to know--some of the killers who had been released from prison or returned from Congolese exile, and the Tutsi escapees who must now tolerate them as neighbors. How are they managing with the process of reconciliation? Do they think in their hearts it is possible? This is an astonishing exploration of the pain of memory, the nature of stoic hope, and the ineradicability of grief.--From publisher description.… (more)

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