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Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

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Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse was born in Butare, Rwanda in 1979. Surviving the Tutsi genocide, she moved to France in 1994 to study political science and work for humanitarian causes. She is now an acclaimed novelist and poet.

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Latest reviews

  • “It must be appreciated not only for peering bravely into one African hellhole, but also for looking over a whole world in search of safe haven.”
    — The Brooklyn Rail, Sep 8 2022
  • “It takes a novelist like Mairesse to show how language, both of the tongue and of the body, can help us heal even the deepest of wounds.”
    — PopMatters, Aug 11 2022
  • “This award-winning novel tenderly unfurls the pain of generations.”
    — Booklist, Aug 1 2022

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