Friday, February 22, 2008

The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur

The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari is a beautiful and harrowing tale of one man’s attempt to bring the story of Darfur to the rest of the world. Daoud Hari tells his tale in simple precise words. His story is lyrical and very easy to read and understand. It is a primer in understanding the complexities behind the politics of this region.

In one of the final lines of the book Hari writes, "This is not a simple tale of genocide. This is a complex tale of genocide.”

One of the most obvious causes of the horrible acts of murder upon the people of Darfur is the world’s unbridled greed and avaricious consumption of oil. It is a fact we must tell ourselves daily; that one of the reasons that Hari’s tale is so complex is that the very people he is appealing to for help are complicit in the causes of the genocide. Sometimes its hard to put it all in perspective. This genocide is not just something "they" are doing to each other. In many ways, we are partners in this horror.

This book goes on sale March 18.


Steph said...

Hey, Esme! Have you ever read "Animals in translation" by Temple Grandin? It's an old book, but one I have just discovered. Interesting. Would love to hear yoru thoughts on it.

Esmerelda said...

No, but you are the second person this week to mention it. It does look interesting.

Library--here I come.