Philip Gourevitch

Victor G. Jeffreys II
2017
Philip
Gourevitch

You Hide That You Hate Me And I Hide That I Know

Expected Publication Date: 
To be published by Penguin Press

Twenty years ago, Philip Gourevitch's We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families inscribed the Rwandan genocide in the public consciousness as one of the defining ordeals of humankind, telling how a nation hacked itself to pieces – a million people murdered by their compatriots in a hundred days – and the rest of the world did nothing to stop it. Now, on the eve of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the slaughter, Gourevitch revisits Rwanda to tell the even more confounding story of how that nation has been putting itself back together. The book draws on years of intensive reporting to explore a society where killers and survivors live again as neighbors, reckoning with the individual and collective inheritance of humanity divided and betrayed—an intimate multigenerational chronicle of memory and forgetting and the seemingly impossible demands of forgiveness.

 

Philip Gourevitch is a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker and the former editor of The Paris Review. His book We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the George Polk Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Overseas Press Club's Cornelius Ryan Award, the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, and The Guardian First Book Award. He is also the author of A Cold Case and Standard Operating Procedure: The Ballad of Abu Ghraib. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

The grant jury: Elegantly written, extraordinarily well conceived, and lacerating. In a series of searching encounters with Rwandans, Tutsi and Hutu, survivors and perpetrators, consummate journalist Philip Gourevitch listens, questions, and discovers in the visceral stories of the people he meets how a murderer lives side by side with the close relatives of the people he killed. It would be easy to romanticize the attempt to embrace the concept of forgiveness in a legalized framework, but Gourevitch scrupulously avoids such pitfalls. He is writing a book that goes far beyond political analysis to raise the profoundest questions about what it is to be a human being.