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Writing Genocide: Poetry and Prose from Rwanda

Genocide is a specific type of crime, determined not only by the actions of the killers but also by their goal. The 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide emphasizes that the crime is characterized by the "intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group."  In many cases, killers try to eliminate any trace that the victims ever existed, destroying family photographs, burning belongings, and burying the remains of their...

Can Literature Bear Witness?

As part of the PEN World Voices Festival, Herta Müller spent an afternoon at NYU's Deutsches Haus on May 3 to discuss whether it's possible for literature to bear witness. When I arrived at the venue, the main floor was packed, which I expected for a Nobel Prize winner. I did not expect, though, to receive a printed, stapled, ten-page, single-spaced English version of her speech translated by Philip Boehm, who is also the translator of her recently released The Hunger...

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