Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide (Hardcover)

Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide By Robert Lyons, Scott Straus Cover Image
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In 1994, an interim government in Rwanda orchestrated one of the world's worst mass crimes: a hundred-day extermination campaign that took half a million lives. At the time, Rwanda's genocide went largely unnoticed by the outside world. Today there is growing interest in Rwanda, as many discover the horror that took place and seek to understand how and why violence of this character and magnitude could have happened in our time.

Intimate Enemy is a rare entr e into the logic, language, and imagery of Rwanda's violence. The book presents perpetrator testimony and photographs of both perpetrators and survivors. The images and words are raw and unanalyzed, leaving the reader to make sense of the killers and their would-be victims.

Intimate Enemy challenges our assumptions about the genocide and those who perpetrated it. The book also prods us to consider how to represent and imagine violence on the scale of Rwanda's.

About the Author

Photographer Robert Lyons is the author of two notable books on Africa. Another Africa is an exploration, with writer Chinua Achebe, of the real Africa behind the stereotypes commonly held by Westerners; Egyptian Time is a collection of photographs of Egypt and its people, accompanied by Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz's short story "The Cradle."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781890951634
ISBN-10: 1890951633
Publisher: Zone Books
Publication Date: March 17th, 2006
Pages: 188
Language: English