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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

  • “As a story that crosses four generations of a family, it looks at how communication breaks down, and how these ties might be repaired….. Beautiful.”
    — Litro Magazine, Mar 9 2023
  • “A poignant meditation on the violence that ruptured so many lives… Mairesse’s lyrical prose, translated by Alison Anderson, is mesmerizing.”
    — The Observer, Mar 5 2023
  • “This viscerally powerful novel (beautifully translated into English by Alison Anderson) explores the trauma of the 1994 Rwandan genocide across three generations of a Tutsi family.”
    — Financial Times, Feb 17 2023
  • “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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