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100 Days

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  11 reviews
100 days.
100 days that should not have been.
100 days the world could have stopped. But did not.

For 100 days, Juliane Okot Bitek recorded the lingering nightmare of the Rwandan genocide in a poem-each poem recalling the senseless loss of life and of innocence. Okot Bitek draws on her own family's experience of displacement under the regime of Idi Amin, pulling in fragments
Paperback, 120 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by University of Alberta Press
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Jane Hamilton
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never been able to stop thinking about the Rwandan genocide (1994). All the biggest questions of humanity rise, and rise again. I wanted to read Juliane Okot Bitek's poems about the genocide urgently, and now that I have, I am restless, perplexed, grieved and worried still. My brain is soaked in the blood of this war. My brain is soaked in the blood of other wars. To live is to attend. To live is to mark. I attend and mark by reading 100 Days. Deceptively simple poems that Otok Bitek wrote ...more
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
“If truth is to be known
or acknowledged
then this is the truth that we know...

we know
the impossibility of knowing everything that happened
we know that true witnesses cannot speak
& that those who have words
cannot articulate the in articulable”
-from Day 46

Poems written in many voices, those dead and those survivors, expressing betrayal by god, people, and nature. Full of the sorrow, grief, devastation, and anger at the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and at the pain of surviving such violence.
Sonya Littlejohn
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
100 Days Okot Bitek's work shines with imagery and with the soft and tender memories of home, mixed with the pungent aroma of street foods, children, and family juxtaposing the violent memory of clashes in a place dear to her heart.
J Macarty
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The title, readers come to learn, refers to the period of time from April 6th, 1994 to July 16th, 1994 when members of the Hutu ethnic majority in the east African nation of Rwanda murdered as many as 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority—The Rwandan Genocide.

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May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Read. These. Poems.
Sydney Mugerwa
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Before I delve into the review, allow me write a bit of a backstory into the meaning behind the words in Juliane’s spectacular poetry collection titled 100 Days. One of the worst failings of humanity, the Rwanda Genocide took place between April and July 1994, a period of 100 days. When the dust finally settled, an estimated 800,000 souls had perished in the most gruesome way imaginable.

Set against this backdrop, the musicality of Juliane’s poetry beguiles a much darker theme, akin to a chilling
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“there were echoes in xenophobic attacks everywhere”
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Throughout her book, Juliane Okot Bitek holds the reader in an ongoing tension before the backdrop of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Narrating the one hundred poems from a surviving victim’s point of view, Okot Bitek’s voice seems closely acquainted with suffering. The reader is easily convinced of the complexity of that suffering—the haunting absence of those loved and killed, the recurrence of suffering through memories and disappearance of former joyful memories, the misunderstanding or ambivalen ...more
James Gifford
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is stunning – in both senses. The writing is beautifully crafted, but the poetry itself hits the reader hard. I've read it half a dozen times now, and each time I've gone through it in a single sitting. The relentlessness of its progress expresses the history it tells while at the same time the craft of the telling gives the reader hope.

100 Days was a finalist for an armload of awards (Pat Lowther Award from The League of Canadian Poets, the INDIEFAB Book of the Year for Poetry, the Do
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loved this set of poems. Wishi I could see the 100 days of photos that went along with it.
powerful and timeless.
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Born in Kenya in 1966 and raised in Uganda, Juliane Okot Bitek is a Vancouver writer whose work has been anthologized and published widely in literary magazines, on-line and in print. Juliane has been an invited poet at the International Poetry Festivals of Medellin, Colombia (2008) and Granada, Nicaragua (2009). She continues to write and speak about issues of home, homeland and diaspora.

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