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The Strategy Of Antelopes: Living In Rwanda After The Genocide (Rwanda #3)

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Jean Hatzfeld talks with both the Hutus and Tutsis - some of the killers who had been released from prison or returned from Congolese exile, and the Tutsi escapees who must tolerate them as neighbours. This title offers an exploration of the pain of memory, the nature of hope, and the ineradicability of grief.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Serpent's Tail (first published January 1st 2007)
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Regina Lindsey
The Antelope Strategy by Jean Hatzfield
3 Stars

In 1994, within one month's time, approximately 59,000 Tutsi's were slaughtered by their Hutu neighbors. Hatzfield, a French reporter, has published a trilogy on the survivors and the murderers. The Antelope Strategy in the final installment. Hatzfield has returned to Rwanda after the government has released a number of Hutu's after serving only seven years in prison as part of a reconciliation plan. Since the Tutsi's are herdsman and the Hutu's are
I had not realized that this was the third of a series of oral histories related to the Rwandan genocide - Hatzfeld has also written an oral history based on accounts by survivors in the same region, and one based on accounts by the killers in the same region, given while they were imprisoned. I'd be very interested in reading those accounts as well. This volume focuses on the period of time, seven years after the genocide, when the killers, who had thought they would be imprisoned for life, are ...more
It's quite possible I would appreciate this book more if I had read the other two books the author wrote about the survivors and the killers. This is a follow up to those and it doesn't stand alone very well. It's hard to follow who he is talking about as he skips between the memories of a killer and a survivor within the same chapter frequently and it's not unusual for him to do so in the same paragraph. While I agree that going back to talk to those who both suffered and those who participated ...more
The final piece of the puzzle in Hatzfeld's trilogy. I recommend reading the other two books first, or this won't make as much sense. He succeeds in making us question what it must be like to be forced to live in the same community as those you previously tried to escape, and may have even watched murder several members of your family. Fascinating.
Hatzfeld s'efface tellement derrière les témoignages recueillis que, quand il fait surface pour ajouter un petit commentaire à lui, ça fait presque fausse note! Mais il ne le fait que rarement, préférant la méthode directe - donner la parole à ceux, de deux côtés, qui l'ont vécu et qui doivent cohabiter dans un pays officiellement "en voie de réconciliation". Et ces paroles sont souvent bouleversantes, parfois glaçantes, mais presque toujours mûrement réfléchies, racontées une douzaine d'années ...more
Writer Philip Gourevitch has chosen to discuss Jean Hatzfeld’s The Antelope's Strategy: Living in Rwanda After the Genocide on FiveBooks as one of the top five on his subject - Rwanda, saying that:

In this book you see the evolution of Jean Hatzfeld with these two groups, the survivors and the killers, and his reflections on what is called ‘Reconciliation’ by the government - but is practically just the problem of living together. And it’s a beautiful book, it’s a book that’s incredibly deep. It
Haztfeld returns to Rwanda to recount how survivors and perpetrators of the genocide are dealing with life amongst each other after the gang from 'Machete Season' are released from prison and return to their villages. The accounts by both sides are refreshingly honest and accurately convey the complexity of the situation and of human nature itself. It also illustrates how far Rwandans have come, and how much further they have to go, as well as the possible pitfalls we may be seeing in the future ...more
"When Satan offered the seven deadly sins to mankind, the African took gluttony and anger." This third book in Hatzfeld's trilogy about the Rwandan 1994 genocide attempts to dig under the scars and paint a picture of Rwanda in 2007. The Hutu murderers have been released from prison and are again living next door to the Tutsi survivors. Themes of reconciliation, forgiveness and justice are explored from both sides of the conflict with aching humanity. The take home message seems to be that all th ...more
There is something to be said about our humanity in the way we treat the victims and assailants of our world tragedies. This book proportionately taps into the psyche of the survivors of this 100 day massacre and the vicious attackers, rapists, and murderers who almost entirely wiped out the Tutsi people. I can't call this an enjoyable read because of the disturbing imagery of the account of the atrocious events, but my interest and intrigue were thoroughly peeked reading how the events unfolded ...more
Alessandra Simmons
The author, who is often self-aware of his role as white, journalist, relies primarily on interviews with Survivors and killers of the genocide in Rwanda. It is interesting to read this after my non-fiction class, and noticing how the author positions, or does not position himself in each chapter. Includes horrifying details of the genocide at certain points, but always directly from the POV of the survivor or killer and explains why its necessary to tell. There are also points where details are ...more
Almah Breton
Hands down, the most horrific book I have ever read. Existentially stark and unforgiving--but quite poetic.
Outstanding - told in the voices of the survivors and the genocidaires returning from prison after the gacaca process. very poignant, very eloquent, well worth reading
Outstanding - told in the voices of the survivors and the genocidaires returning from prison after the gacaca process. very poignant, very eloquent, well worth reading
Paweł Sobiegraj
Ta książka jest świetną klamrą, która w genialny sposób spina dwie poprzednie. Autor bardzo zręcznie konfrontuje zarówno ocalonych z Nagości życia, jak i morderców z Sezonu maczet z polityką narodowego pojednania narzuconą przez autorytarny rząd.
Excellent account of how people are surviving the release of the killers in Rwanda. The Hutu killers almost make the Nazi killers look kind. I don't feel much hope that peace will prevail between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes, but hope they can avoid another genocide. Complete mishandling of events by the government and humanitarian organizations.
Jeremiah Bookworm
A very thought-provoking and disturbing book which delves into the psychology of both the killers and the survivors of the 1994 genocide. However, it falls short of other books on the topic (such as Christ walks where evil reigned and Bishop of Rwanda because it offers almost no hope.
Wils Cain
Hatzfeld's third book on the genocide in Rwanda (the first I've read) which now focuses on everyone, both the hunted and the hunters, having to figure out how to live together side by side as neighbors after the government released the prisoned murderers. Fascinating.
lektura obowiązkowa. I wielkie brawa dla autora, że opisując tak poważną sprawę, był w stanie bezstronnie przedstawić perspektywy obu stron i na dodatek jeszcze napisać o swoich emocjach. Mistrz
Tout simplement bouleversant. Ce livre est une mine de réflexion sur l'humanité.
Very interesting learning experience about the genocide in Rwanda.
If you every feel sorry for yourself - read this book. incredible
Diverse perspectives on bleeding of a nation torn apart
Shivanee (Novel Niche)
May 15, 2012 Shivanee (Novel Niche) marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shivanee by: Almah Breton
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Jean Hatzfeld is a journalist. He worked for many years as a war correspondent for Libération, a French newspaper, before leaving to focus on reporting the Rwandan genocide.
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