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A Sunday At The Pool In Kigali


By (author) Gil Courtemanche
Introduction by Giles Foden
Translated by Patricia Claxton
Format: Paperback / softback
Language: English
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Imprint: Canongate Canons
Published: 3rd May 2018
Dimensions: w 129mm h 198mm d 18mm
Weight: 202g
ISBN-10: 1782118888
ISBN-13: 9781782118886
Barcode No: 9781782118886
In the middle of Kigali is a swimming pool at the Hotel des Mille-Collines. It is a magnet for a privileged group of residents, a place where middle-class Rwandans drink with melancholy expatriates and prostitutes. But beyond the walls of the hotel exists a chaotic society in which millions live in poverty, surrounded by violence and disease. In this troubled world, Valcourt, a Canadian journalist, falls for Gentille, a beautiful Hutu waitress. A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali is a poignant love story, a stirring hymn to humanity and a modern classic of spellbinding power, confronting the nightmare that ravaged Rwanda in the 1990s.

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Exceptional . . . you must read it * * Sunday Times * * A Heart of Darkness for today -- YANN MARTEL Intense and gut-wrenching, poetic and disquieting * * Observer * * Illuminating and horrifying, compassionate and scathing * * Times Literary Supplement * * Astounding . . . It's no surprise that this book has won so many prizes * * Daily Mail * * Courtemanche's time in Rwanda, where he worked as a journalist, may have produced the first great novel of the catastrophe that befell that country * * Guardian * * Haunting, graceful . . . with a journalist's unblinking eye and an appreciation of bitter irony * * New York Times * * An intense affair, urgent and nerve-wrackingly ominous, with a surprisingly boisterous humour * * Financial Times * * Courtemanche's work has an enormous quality . . . Read this book * * Spectator * * Very powerful . . . I urge you to read it * * Literary Review * *