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Scholastique Mukasonga in conversation with Kaiama Glover

Scholastique Mukasonga spoke with Kaiama L. Glover about her new collection of short stories, Igifu. Glover is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of French & Africana Studies at Barnard College and Faculty Director of the Barnard Digital Humanities Center. Her teaching and research focuses on francophone Caribbean literature and postcolonialism, among other topics.

You can watch their conversation in French here.


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Scholastique Mukasonga presents IGIFU with Martha Cooley

Scholastique Mukasonga joined Martha Cooley at the Community Bookstore to present her new story collection, Igifu. You can watch the conversation – beautifully interpreted by Ellen Sowchek – at the link below.

The autobiographical stories in Igifu rend a glorious Rwanda from the obliterating force of recent history, conjuring the noble cows of her home or the dew-swollen grass they graze on. In the title story, five-year-old Colomba is rescued from merciless igifu, or hunger, by her mother’s healing porridge. This elixir courses through each story, a balm to soothe the pains of those so ferociously fighting for survival.

Martha Cooley is a contributing editor at A Public Space, a professor of English at Adelphi University, and a co-translator of work by Antonio Tabucchi.

Ellen Sowchek is a French-English translator and interpreter. This is her third time interpreting for an event at the Community Bookstore.

Watch here.