The Silence of the Spirits

The Silence of the Spirits

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What are the limits of empathy and forgiveness? How can someone with a shameful past find a new path that allows for both healing and reckoning? When Clovis and Christelle find themselves face-to-face on a train heading to the outskirts of Paris, their unexpected encounter propels them on a cathartic journey toward understanding the other, mediated by their respective histories of violence. Clovis, a young undocumented African, struggles with the pain and shame of his brutal childhood, abusive exploits as a child soldier, and road to exile. Christelle, a young French nurse, has her own dark experiences but translates her suffering into an unusual capacity for empathy, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
Publisher: Bloomington, Indiana, USA : Indiana University Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780253028945
Branch Call Number: FICTION NSONDE 2017
Characteristics: xxi, 115 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Lindo, Karen - Translator


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A young French nurse, and an undocumented African man ride a train heading towards the outskirts of Paris. Their encounter changes them both in unexpected ways.

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