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POLLOCK on tour in France. 4 Place de la Rougemare, 76000 Rouen
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Dominique Kalifa Yale University New Haven, CT 06520
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Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou Alliance Française Board Room 810 North Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60610

Scholastique Mukasonga

Scholastique Mukasonga is a Rwandan author. Her family was displaced within Rwanda during her childhood, and she was later forced to flee to Burundi and finally to France, where she settled in 1992. She lost 27 members of her family in the Rwandan genocide. Mukasonga wrote two acclaimed memoirs about her family’s experiences, Cockroaches and The Barefoot Woman, as well as the novel Our Lady of the Nile, recipient of the Prix Renaudot in 2012.


About the Book: The Barefoot Woman

The Barefoot Woma​n​ is Scholastique Mukasonga’s loving, funny, devastating tribute to her mother Stefania, a tireless protector of her children, a keeper of Rwandan tradition even in the cruelest and bleakest of exiles, a sage, a wit, and in the end a victim, like almost the entire family, of the Rwandan genocide. But it’s also a wry, sharp-eyed portrait of the world her mother lived in, from its humblest commonplaces (beer, sorghum, bread) to its deepest horrors (rape, murder, unimaginable loss).

In a telling both affectionate and haunted, Mukasonga sinks her feet into this dense “land of stories.” Each step, each verse of her careful lament carries both the weight of her mourning and the fortitude of the myriad silenced voices she speaks for. Whether describing the dry, cracked layers of mud on her mother’s feet, or the stretch marks that line strong legs, Mukasonga follows the threaded rivulet of her mother’s pulsing memory.

Translated from the French by Jordan Stump. The Barefoot Woman was published in 2018 by Archipelago Books.

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