The Rwandan novelist Scholastique Mukasonga writes about the events that took place 25 years ago in Rwanda. The death of unnumerous people. Women, men, children. The year 1994 is etched in our collective memory, but is not just 194, years before and years after lives were torn apart and dumped on the graveyard of history, … Continue reading Les Rwandais ne veulent pas être otages de leur passé »
Scholastique Mukasonga: Au Brésil, “une femme noire ne compte pour rien”
There are strong links between the African west coast and the Latin American country Brasil. During m,any centuries there were contacts and Brazilian immigrants put their stamp on the architecture at the coast. Slaves were brought to Brasil to work at the plantations. The Rwandan writer Scholastique Mukasonga spend time in Brasil and writes in … Continue reading Scholastique Mukasonga: Au Brésil, “une femme noire ne compte pour rien”
Turning the ‘Curse of Ham’ into a blessing
What is your origin? Where do we come from and how does this origin define us? One of the books with a story of origin is the bible. Due to poor exegesis the idea emerged that Africans were cursed, due to their ancestor Ham. How do writers with African roots, from different parts of the … Continue reading Turning the ‘Curse of Ham’ into a blessing
Cattle Praise Song
When you follow this link to get to a short story written by the Rwandan author Scholastique Mukasonga. Where are the days that cattle was praised and young and old made songs about special cows and bulls?
Scholastique Mukasonga on Tutsi Life
Still to many the name of Rwanda is connected to Tutsi and Hutu and their long lasting battles and the genocide that erupted in the 90s of last century. The writer Scholastique Mukasonga talks about Tutsi life in this interview and the days of the cow.
Shortlist announced for the 2016 International Dublin Literary award
Another day. Another list. This time it is the shortlist for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award. Ten writers have been shortlisted, some of these names are very famous worldwide. Other names are less known. The names on the shortlist have not been put together by The Dubliners, but by public libraries in a number … Continue reading Shortlist announced for the 2016 International Dublin Literary award