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The Elimination: A survivor confronts the chief of the Khmer Rouge Death Camps

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From the internationally acclaimed director of S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, a survivor’s autobiography that confronts the evils of the Khmer Rouge dictatorship.

Rithy Panh was only eleven years old when the Khmer Rouge expelled his family from Phnom Penh in 1975. In the months and years that followed, his entire family was executed, starved, or worked to death. Th
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Other Press (first published 2011)
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Diane S.✨
A filmmaker and a survivor, who lost his whole family at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. There is just something chilling and powerful reading this history from someone who had a first hand view. Not many people get to confront their torturer, who insists he is every man and any man, and ask for reasons and explanations. Duch is the torturer, the head of the group, who torture for the fun of it, knowing the confessions they were getting were not true. Absolutely horrifying to read at times and yet ...more
I love memoir more than any other genre especially if it involves history. However I must say that I developed a love-hate relationship with this book simply because of its narrative: everything’s mixed up from beginning 'til end as if the author wants to convey everything at once, lest he forgets them. As a result it took me longer to finish the book than I would normally have. Six days of intermittent reading slump, almost to the point of giving up. But I knew I had to go on because it was the ...more
Un texte sur ce génocide mal connu (en tout cas pour ma part) qu'est le génocide cambodgien (1975)-1979). On découvre une idéologie pseudo marxisante complètement délirante produisant une horreur sans nom et surtout le personnage de Douch, tortionnaire dans le camp de S21, homme instruit à la française dépourvu, semble-t-il du moindre remords, Le texte entrecoupe l'histoire de l'auteur, survivant du génocide ayant perdu une grande partie de ses proches, avec son expérience auprès du tribuanl pén ...more
Ich weiß nicht, was ich zu dem Buch sagen soll/kann/darf ... außer, dass ich es empfehle, es zu lesen. Mir blieb mehrfach der Kloß im Halse stecken. Das Buch ist echt harter Tobak. Das kann man jedenfalls nicht so einfach mal nebenher lesen.
Rithy Panh interweaves autobiography (the author lost nearly his entire family to the Cambodian genocide when he was barely a teenager), interviews he conducted, having become a film-maker, with Duch (a maths teacher before he became a torturer), the head of the Khmer Rouge's main torture and execution centre, then awaiting trial for genocide, and broader commentary by the author.

It's an extremely difficult read because of how horrific the content is; Panh is a superb writer. He makes it clear
Juan Jiménez García
Rithy Panh. Viaje al fin del hombre

Para aquellos que hemos seguido la obra de Rithy Panh desde tiempo inmemorial, la aparición de La eliminación (escrito junto a Christophe Bataille y publicado ahora por Anagrama), es uno de los acontecimientos del año, además de venir a cerrar (como seguramente también para el director camboyano), un círculo, o, mejor, terminar un puzle. Este libro es esa pieza que sirve para darle una nueva intensidad.

Cuando Panh habla de su última película, Duch, le maître de
¿Qué sucede cuando un niño de apenas trece años debe “aprender a no ser”? ¿A borrarse como individuo? El horror en el que sumió Pol Pot a Camboya hace apenas 35 años es uno frente al cual el lector debe forzar los límites de la imaginación al compás de la narración.
El hilo conductor de la memoria, que reconstruye el caos asesino, la hambruna y el masivo desplazamiento al que fue sometido todo el país, lleva de la mano al lector por el infierno de Dante. Rithy Panh, hijo de un educador humanista
Nick Lincoln
This is the story of someone who lived and survived in the insane world of "Kampuchea" in the late 1970s. It's not a treatise on why these events happened.

It's as chilling as you'd expect. What makes the Cambodia story so compelling is the brevity of the events (barely four years) and the total dominance of the Khmer Rouge in that period.

Panh's story is, of course, heart-breaking. What the book doesn't give is a context for why the disaster happened; no doubt this is covered elsewhere and I'll b
A thoughtful, moving account of Rithy Panh's experiences as a child during the four years of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia interspersed with notes from his interviews with Duchy, chief of the Khmer Death Camps. I've recently visited S21, the camp within Phnom Penh, and seen the buildings and the cells that have been turned into a museum, so to imagine the scenes being described there and Duchy's participation in them was especially harrowing. Panh has made several movies about the genocide, one ...more
Duro e crudo.... Un libro che fa riflettere sulla malvagità dell'uomo.
Come può una persona essere cosi spietata, fare cose disumane sui suoi simili...
At first I found the style not very reader-friendly, but upon reading of Rithy's experience, it makes perfect sense. Someone who lives through such trauma probably remembers things at random, seemingly out of place, and without warning or context. The fact that such treatment of people happened only 40 years ago is just astounding. Praise to Rithy for rising above and never losing hope.
Impossible de lacher ce livre..un must! Rithy Panh, ancienne victime des Khmers Rouges, devenu cinéaste, passe de longues heures à interviewer Duch, bourreau et ' technicien du génocide'. Il parle aussi de son parcours, de sa famille. Puissant et incontournable.
Chilling book from a survivor and now film maker who documents his one-on-one discussions with the former commandant of S-21 killing center.

Ella Thomas
Very powerful story interspersed with the conversations with the head of security Duch. Really interesting dichotomy which is very powerful and brings up interesting questions.
Helen Epstein
an unusual book about the cambodian genocide by a survivor who is a film-maker in France. You can read my full reviews at
R.W. Gray
Profound and painful to read. Such unfathomable loss and trauma.
A lire absolument. Pour ne jamais oublier que l'inhumain est si proche.
Un dialogue tendu avec le bourreau de Tuol Sleng. A lire.
Sara Blake
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