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Scholastique Mukasonga: On Mourning and Exile: Looking Back at Rwanda

The Mary Tefft White Cultural Center Lecture Series in association with the African Studies Association presents novelist and memoirist, Scholastique Mukasonga, Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Mary Tefft White Cultural Center Lecture Series in collaboration with Scholars at Risk - United States presents novelist and memoirist, Scholastique Mukasonga in conversation with Boston University's Dr. Timothy Longman, Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 4 pm. This event is fully virtual, click here to register.

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Born in Rwanda in 1956, Scholastique Mukasonga experienced from childhood the violence and humiliation of the ethnic conflicts that shook her country. In 1960, her family was displaced to the polluted and under-developed Bugesera district of Rwanda. Mukasonga was later forced to leave the school of social work in Butare and flee to Burundi. She settled in France in 1992, only 2 years before the brutal genocide of the Tutsi swept through Rwanda. In the aftermath, Mukasonga learned that 37 of her family members had been massacred. Twelve years later, Gallimard published her autobiographical account Inyenzi ou les Cafards, which marked Mukasonga’s entry into literature. This was followed by the publication of La femme aux pieds nus in 2008 and L’Iguifou in 2010, both widely praised. Her first novel, Our Lady Of The Nile, won the Ahamadou Kourouma prize and the Renaudot prize in 2012, as well as the Océans France Ô prize in 2013 and the French Voices Award in 2014, shortlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary award and Finalist for 2019 National Book Awards for Translated Literature with The Barefoot Woman. In 2020, her novel Our Lady Of The Nile is adapted as film by Atiq Rahimi. The Film won the “Crystal Bear” at Berlinale 2020 and be part of the Official Selection for TIFF 2019.