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Broken Memory

A Novel of Rwanda
Combres, Élisabeth (Book - 2009 )
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IRA Notable Books for a Global Society selection Hiding behind an armchair, five-year-old Emma does not witness the murder of her mother, but she hears everything. And when the assassins finally leave, the young Tutsi girl somehow manages to stumble away from the scene, motivated only by the memory of her mother's last words: "You must not die, Emma!" Eventually Emma is taken in by an old Hutu woman who risks her own life to hide the child. Emma stays with the old woman and a quiet bond forms between the two, but long after the war ends, the young girl is still haunted by nightmares. When the country establishes courts to allow victims to face their tormenters in their villages, Emma is uneasy and afraid. But through her growing friendship with a young torture victim and the gentle encouragement of an old man charged with helping child survivors, Emma finds the courage to return to the house where her mother was killed and begin the journey to healing.
Authors: Combres, Élisabeth, 1967-
Uniform Title: Mémoire trouée. English
Title: Broken memory
a novel of Rwanda
Publisher: Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press : Distributed in the USA by Publishers Group West, 2009
Characteristics: 139 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Élisabeth Combres ; translated by Shelley Tanaka
Notes: Originally published as: La mémoire trouée. [Paris] : Gallimard Jeunesse, c2007
Additional Contributors: Tanaka, Shelley
ISBN: 0888998937
9780888998934
0888998929
9780888998927
Branch Call Number: y COMBRES 2009
Other Language: Translated from the French
Subject Headings: Rwanda History Civil War, 1994 Juvenile fiction Tutsi (African people) Juvenile fiction Hutu (African people) Juvenile fiction Genocide Rwanda Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Tutsi (African people)
Hutu (African people)
Genocide
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