Top Rwanda Books to read before visiting The Land of Thousand Hills
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch
The New Yorker writer Philip Gourevitch travels in Rwanda after the 1994 Genocide when an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-days manslaughter. Gourevitch interviews the survivors and retells their stories.
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire
First-hand account of the Rwandan genocide written by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda in 1993-1994.
An ordinary man by Paul Rusesabagina
An autobiography of Paul Rusesabagina, a former manager of a luxurious Hotel Milles Collines in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. When in April 1994 the genocidal killings of Tutsis began, Rusesabagina turned his hotel into a refuge and saved over 1200 lives.
The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski
A collection of essays by a Polish journalist and Africa correspondent Ryszard Kapuscinski about his travels across the continent beginning in the 1950s. Witnessing the early years of African independence from colonial rule, Kapuscinski reports on the major historical events such us revolution in Zanzibar, 1966 military coup in Nigeria and 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
The Antelope’s Strategy: Living in Rwanda After the Genocide by Jean Hatzfeld
In 2003 Hutu prisoners who confessed participating in killing Tutsis during the 1994 genocide were pardoned by government and released from prison. The Antelope’s Strategy illustrates the reality and struggles of the Tutsi survivors and Hutu perpetrators coexistence.
Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda by Rosamond Halsey Carr
A thrilling story of Rosamond Halsey Carr, a young fashion illustrator from New Jersey who in 1950’s followed her hunter-explorer husband to then Belgian Congo. After some years they break up and Rosamond moves to neighbouring Rwanda where she starts a flower plantation. The book is a memoir of nearly 50 years Rosamond spent in her beloved African home.
A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It by Stephen Kinzer
An insightful view on Rwanda’s pre and post genocide history. The book is also portrait of Paul Kagame, the country’s current president and his vision of Rwanda becoming the most successful country in Africa.