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Broken Memory

A Novel of Rwanda
Combres, Elisabeth (Book - 2009 )
Broken Memory


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Hiding behind a chair, five-year-old Emma can't see her mother being murdered, but she hears everything. When the assassins finally leave, the terrified girl stumbles 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. A quiet bond grows between the two, but long after the war ends, Emma is still haunted by nightmares. When the country establishes gacaca courts to allow victims to face their tormentors, Emma is uneasy and afraid. But through her growing friendship with a young torture victim and the encouragement of an old man charged with helping child survivors, Emma finds the courage to begin the long journey to healing. Moments of grace and tenderness illuminate this spare, sensitive novel, which tells the story of the 1994 attacks in an age-appropriate manner.
Authors: Combres, Elisabeth
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: 9780888998927
0888998929
9780888998934
0888998937
Branch Call Number: y COMBRES 2009
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