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Scholastique Mukasonga at Boston University
September 23, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for a reading and conversation with Scholastique Mukasonga. 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 two years before the brutal genocide of the Tutsi swept through Rwanda. In the aftermath, Mukasonga learned that 27 of her family members had been massacred. Twelve years later, Gallimard published her autobiographical account Cockroaches, which marked Mukasonga’s entry into literature. At Boston University, Scholastique will read from The Barefoot Woman, translated from French by Jordan Stump.