: Diop (B.)

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204pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Bloomington, 2016


Originally published in French in 2000 as Murambi, le livre des ossements. Translated into English by Fiona Mc Laughlin.

A Rwandan history teacher, Cornelius Uvimana, who was living and working in Djibouti at the time of the massacre, returns to the country to try and come to terms with the death of his family and to write a play.

"This novel is a miracle. Murambi, The Book of Bones verifies my conviction that art alone can handle the consequences of human destruction and translate these consequences into meaning. Boubacar Boris Diop, with a difficult beauty, has managed it. Powerfully." Toni Morrison

"... comes closer than have many political scientists or historians to trying to understand why this small country ... sank in such appalling violence" Radio France International

David Diop was born in Paris in 1966 and grew up in Senegal. He now lives in France, where he is a professor of eighteenth century literature at the University of Pau. He is the author of the novel At Night All Blood Is Black (2021).