Human Rights Review

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 393–394 | Cite as

Blood Papa: Rwanda’s New Generation by Jean Hatzfeld (translated by Joshua David Jordan)

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018
  • Peter AdmirandEmail author
Book Review

Jean Hatzfeld’s Blood Papa: Rwanda’s New Generation is the fourth book in a deeply harrowing series about the victims and perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Blood Papa, overflowing with wisdom and tragedy like its three predecessors, is a joy, a burden, and an honor to read. Hatzfeld’s first book on Rwanda, Into the Quick of Life (published in French in 2000, translated into English in 2005), exposed readers to the humanity and horrors of the marshes of Bugesera and the blood-stained pews of churches in Kibuye. The book’s subtitle is The Survivors Speak, but they did not just speak; they sang, chided, warned, predicted, haunted, cried, and even laughed. Readers encountering their words were humbled, chastened, somehow made more human by the utter inhumanity the survivors endured and were forced to witness. Three years later, in Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak (English edition, 2005),Hatzfeld sought to hear more from the perpetrators. Those he interviewed had been...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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