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Baho!

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
When Nyamugari, an adolescent mute, attempts to ask a young woman in rural Burundi for directions to an appropriate place to relieve himself, his gestures are mistaken as premeditation for rape. To the young woman's community, his fleeing confirms his guilt, setting off a chain reaction of pursuit, mob justice, and Nyamugari's attempts at explanation. Young Burundian ...more
Published 2012 by Vents d'ailleurs
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Richard Derus
Sep 13, 2016 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5* of five (rounded up)

My review of BAHO! is live today at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud. A cautionary fable of war's huge consequences, it takes a single understandable misunderstanding to it logical limit. Wondering how our country nominated Drumpf for President? #WeWillNeverForget how horrible loss, terror, eternal unending stress feels. Phoneme Media and Translator Schaefer get my utmost respect.

I've also got a column about BAHO!'s publisher, Phoneme Media, at My Reading Life.
Alyson
Jun 08, 2016 Alyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. On every level. Wish there were more stars I could give it then just these measly 5.

An outstanding novelette that scathingly criticizes rape culture (and its corresponding misogyny), mob mentality, racism, generation and culture gaps, religion/superstition, and war. And it does it all with an easy-flowing and remarkably beautiful prose. The relevancy of this book is not limited to Burundi, or Africa, or countries still seeking stability and peace. The relevancy of this book is, as of
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Caroline
Another inspired pairing of author and translator from Phoneme Books. It’s a 4.5; I’m just trying to keep my ratings within bounds.

This is a many-faceted gem: small and brilliant. It sparkles with embedded stories and proverbs in Kirundi, the Bantu language of Burundi. The vibrant people of the place thrust themselves at the each other and the reader, but the quiet observer and the cagy manipulator of the vigilante crowd are just as memorable.

I admit that the kickoff event of the plot led me to
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AJ
Aug 07, 2016 AJ rated it liked it
Part of my Africa fiction book club.

Probably more like 2.5 stars.

This book was interesting and well worth it for the mere fact that it is a Burundian novel translated to English, which according to the book jacket has never happened before. So its novelty factor was a driver behind reading this one in the club. Plus, it's only 90 pages. The 90 pages thing is both a good thing (in that it's not intimidating to read), but also a bad thing because there could have been more character development an
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Leslie Ann
Jul 26, 2016 Leslie Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The imagery of this novella is sometimes vivid, but the plot is rather thin and the prose too disjointed.
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