Yolande Mukagasana is a Rwandan nurse and mother of three who likes wearing jeans and designer glasses. She runs her own clinic in Nyamirambo and is planning a party for her wedding anniversary. But when genocide starts everything changes. Targeted because she's a successful Tutsi woman, she is separated from her family and flees for her life.
This gripping memoir describes the betrayals of friends and help that comes from surprising places. Quick-witted and courageous, Yolande never loses hope that she will find her children alive.
Author: Yolande Mukagasana
Original Title: La Mort Ne Veut Pas de Moi
Original Language: French
Translator to English: Zoe Norridge
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Huza Press Ltd.
“A superb translation of Yolande Mukagasana’s account of the 1994 genenocide against the Tutsi. This book challenges a new audience with the reality of one of the most horrific crimes of modern history, and contests the denial that inevitably comes in its wake.” – Linda Melvern
“This is a story that will grip you from start to finish and stay with you thereafter. Yolande Mukagasana is a truly remarkable writer with a natural flair of storytelling.” – Goretti Kyomuhendo
“Reading Yolande Mukagasana’s book in French at the age of fifteen changed my life. I realized that genocide is not a mass crime but a single murder repeated hundreds of thousands of times. With this testimony the genocide is no longer just a historical event, it is instead a story of a woman, a mother, a Tutsi. And this is what makes Yolande’s account universal.” – Gaël Faye
“This book was one of the
first literary testimonies I read in French about Rwanda. I found it profoundly
moving – both realistic and introspective. Thanks to this beautiful
translation, it is at long last available to the English-speaking public.” – Véronique Tadjo