Scholastique Mukasonga

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Born in Rwanda in 1956, Scholastique Mukasonga settled in France in 1992, only two years before the brutal genocide of the Tutsi swept through Rwanda. Gallimard published her autobiographical account Inyenzi ou les Cafards, which marked Mukasonga's entry into literature. This was followed by the publication of La femme aux pieds nus in 2008 and L’Iguifou in 2010, both widely praised. Her first novel, Notre-Dame du Nil, won the Ahmadou Kourouma prize and the Renaudot prize in 2012, as well as the 2013 Océans France Ô prize, and the 2014 French Voices Award, and was shortlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary award.

Related / Latest Publication:
Our Lady of the Nile, translated by Melanie Mauthner (Archipelago Books, 2014)