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14 popular rwandan books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Africa Challenge" were written by authors from Rwanda. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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All your children, scattered by Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse EN

Rating: 5 (2 votes)
Country: Africa / Rwanda flag Rwanda
Description:
WINNER OF THE PRIX ÉTHIOPHILE, THE PRIX DES RACINES ET DES MOTS, AND THE PRIX DES CINQ CONTINENTS DE LA FRANCOPHONIE Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse's debut novel follows three generations torn apart by the genocide against the Tutsis, as they try to reconnect with one another, rebuild broken relationships, and find their place in today's world. Blanche returns to Rwanda after building a life in Bordeaux with her husband and young son, Stokely. Reuniting with her mother Immaculata, old wounds are reopened for both mother and daughter while Stokely, caught between two countries, tries to understand whe... continue

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Brief aan Cooper en de wereld by Dalilla Hermans NL

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Rwanda flag Rwanda
Description:
Ik wil je meenemen in mijn levensverhaal, zodat je je eigen verhaal beter zult snappen en zult kunnen plaatsen. Ik wil met de wereld delen wat het doet met een mens, opgroeien in een zee van wit als een wolkje bruin. Ik schrijf deze verhalen voor jou en voor mezelf. Voor de samenleving en voor mijn zoon.'

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Cockroaches by Scholastique Mukasonga EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Rwanda flag Rwanda
Description:
Mukasonga unsparingly resurrects the horrors of the Rwandan geocide while lyrically recording the quieter moments of daily life with her family—a moving tribute to all those who are displaced, who suffer. Mukasonga’s extraordinary, lyrical, and heartbreaking book … is indispensable reading for anyone who cares about the endurance of the human spirit and who hopes for a better world. — Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Los Angeles Review of Books Scholastique Mukasonga’s Cockroaches is a compelling chronicle of the author’s childhood in the years leading up to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. In a spare and pen... continue


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Father to My Siblings by Olivier Sempiga EN

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Country: Africa / Rwanda flag Rwanda
Description:
Nadina works as a journalist on a private television in her country. She writes a series of e-mails to her father, who passed on to the other world during a war that tore apart her beloved nation. She relates her story of resilience, perseverance, and courage after a breakthrough is achieved in communication and people from this world are able to communicate with other people in the other world of the living dead. She expresses her struggles in taking care of her siblings. Technically, Nadina becomes the father of her siblings as she cares for each and every aspect of their needs. The father, ... continue

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Igifu by Scholastique Mukasonga EN

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Country: Africa / Rwanda flag Rwanda
Description:
The stories in Igifu summon phantom memories of Rwanda and radiate with the fierce ache of a survivor. From the National Book Award finalist who Zadie Smith says, "rescues a million souls from the collective noun genocide." Scholastique Mukasonga's autobiographical stories rend a glorious Rwanda from the obliterating force of recent history, conjuring the noble cows of her home or the dew-swollen grass they graze on. In the title story, five-year-old Colomba tells of a merciless overlord, hunger or igifu, gnawing away at her belly. She searches for sap at the bud of a flower, scraps of sweet p... continue



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Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza EN

Rating: 5 (2 votes)
Country: Africa / Rwanda flag Rwanda
Description:
Presents the true story of a woman who endures the murder of her family as a result of genocide in Rwanda and turns to prayer for strength, love, and forgiveness.

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Miracle in Kigali: The Rwandan Genocide - a survivor's journey by Illuminée Nganemariya EN

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Country: Africa / Rwanda flag Rwanda
Description:
By a seeming miracle, Illuminee Nganemariya, a young Tutsi bride and her newborn son Roger survived the 1994 attempt by Rwanda's Hutu extremists to wipe their Tutsi neighbours from the face of the earth. Illuminee existed for 100 days in the living hell of Kigali, Rwanda's capital, after watching her husband being dragged away to be killed by friends who had celebrated their wedding with them a month earlier. Then she embarked on a horrific journey through the Genocide with Roger strapped to her back. At any moment a wrong move would have seen them join the 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus wh... continue


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