Murambi, The Book of Bones

9780253023421: Paperback
Release Date: 11th July 2016

Dimensions: 152 x 203

Number of Pages: 228

Series Global African Voices

Indiana University Press

Murambi, The Book of Bones

Written by
Boubacar Boris Diop
Fiona McLaughlin
Afterword by and Edited by
Boubacar Boris Diop
Edited by
Fiona McLaughlin
Paperback / £14.99

In April of 1994, nearly a million Rwandans were killed in what would prove to be one of the swiftest, most terrifying killing sprees of the 20th century. In Murambi, The Book of Bones, Boubacar Boris Diop comes face to face with the chilling horror and overwhelming sadness of the tragedy. Here, the power of Diop’s acclaimed novel is available to English-speaking readers through Fiona Mc Laughlin’s crisp translation and a compelling afterword by Diop. The novel recounts the story of a Rwandan history teacher, Cornelius Uvimana, who was living and working in Djibouti at the time of the massacre. He returns to Rwanda to try to comprehend the death of his family and to write a play about the events that took place there. As the novel unfolds, Cornelius begins to understand that it is only our humanity that will save us, and that as a writer, he must bear witness to the atrocities of the genocide.

Foreword: An Urn for the Dead, an Hourglass for the Living by Eileen Julien
Introduction: "To call a monster by its name" by Fiona Mc Laughlin

Part 1. Fear and Anger
Michel Serumundo
Faustin Gasana
Part 2. The Return of Cornelius
Part 3. Genocide
Aloys Ndasingwa
Marina Nkusi
Rosa Karemera
Doctor Joseph Karekezi
Colonel Etienne Perrin
Part 4. Murambi

Boubacar Boris Diop is a Senegalese novelist and screenwriter. Murambi, The Book of Bones was nominated by a jury to the Zimbabwe International Book Fair’s list of Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century.

Fiona Mc Laughlin is Associate Professor of African Languages and Linguistics at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

This novel is a miracle. Murambi, The Book of Bones verifies my conviction that art alone can handle the consequences of human destruction and translate these consequences into meaning. Boubacar Boris Diop, with a difficult beauty, has managed it. Powerfully.

Toni Morrison

A powerful contribution to the literature of the Rwandan genocide.

Kirkus Reviews

An important contribution to world literature. . . Fiona Mc Laughlin has made a masterful translation.

African Studies Review

[This novel] comes closer than have many political scientists or historians to trying to understand why this small country . . . sank in such appalling violence.

Radio France International