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"In 1975, the Republic of Cambodia was torn asunder by the 'liberating' forces of Pol Pot. Pin Yathay, an engineer employed by the Ministry of Public Works, was a witness to the tragedy. . . . His entire family and unnumbered friends were annihilated. . . . A heart-rending account of the disintegration of an entire social system, caused by the paranoid policies of Khmer Rouge cadres."--Christian Science Monitor

"During the Kampuchean revolutionary madness . . . all the urban population was driven out to work in the country, creating new peasant communities which operated on strict, dogmatic Maoist lines. . . . Pin Yathay's story is told with no attempt at self-aggrandizement. . . . For he has to live with the shame of having deserted his own child in order to facilitate his escape, of losing his wife in the jungle through ineptitude: it is a revelation of prehistoric strength within the human conscience which is far beyond our imaginings."--Times Literary Supplement

"This memoir describes in harrowing detail life in the early years of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. . . Written in the hope that his missing son might see the book and be reunited with his father, Pin's memoir is a direct, honest account of his two years on the prison farm."--MultiCultural Review

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