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A moving, personal account of the Rwandan genocide by the co-writer of SHOOTING DOGS, and an introduction to Vjeko Curic, a modern-day Schindler who saved an estimated 5,000 lives.
David Belton covered the Rwandan genocide for the BBC's NEWSNIGHT and co-wrote the BAFTA- nominated film SHOOTING DOGS. He is now an executive TV producer. He lives in West London.
Tremendous. A moving and haunting tribute to the human
spirit -- WILLIAM BOYD
David Belton has written something very special, a work of non-fiction that has a novel's power to move, enchant and challenge. This elegantly-written book is much more than a history, a work of lyrical beauty that will stand as a memorial not just for those who died in the genocide but to those of us who struggle to make a difference. -- Tim Butcher, author of BLOOD RIVER
Complex, compassionate and scathing... Much of the writing ... has a literary power that lifts it above normal journalistic or non-fiction practice: Jean-Pierre's confinement in his mud-walled hole has shades of Beckett, and both Odette and Curic seem like Brechtian heroes. * Giles Foden *
Belton excavates the truth and layers the political, social and military dimensions of the conflict onto three peoples' stories, to produce a book that is both illuminating and profoundly moving. -- Aminatta Forna * Independent *
Brings the story right up to date, confronting the dilemmas and tensions that lie not far below the surface ... * Observer *