Scholastique Mukasonga

Born in Rwanda in 1956, Scholastique Mukasonga experienced from childhood the violence and humiliation of the ethnic conflicts that shook her country. In 1960, her family was displaced to the polluted and under-developed Bugesera district of Rwanda. Mukasonga was later forced to leave the school of social work in Butare and flee to Burundi. She settled in France in 1992, only two years before the brutal genocide of the Tutsi swept through Rwanda. In the aftermath, Mukasonga learned that 37 of her family members had been massacred. Twelve years later, Gallimard published her autobiographical account Inyenzi ou les Cafards, which marked Mukasonga's entry into literature. Her first novel, Notre-Dame du Nil (Our Lady of the Nile), won the Ahmadou Kourouma prize and the Renaudot prize in 2012, as well as the Océans France Ô prize in 2012 and the French Voices Award in 2014, and was shortlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary award.


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Sitting Up with the Dead

Lynne Sharon Schwartz on "Cockroaches," Scholastique Mukasonga's look at the Rwandan genocide....

Sitting Up with the Dead


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