Gukora and Itsembatsemba: The “Ordinary Killers” in Jean Hatzfeld’s Machete Season

  title={Gukora and Itsembatsemba: The “Ordinary Killers” in Jean Hatzfeld’s Machete Season},
  author={Madelaine Hron},
  journal={Research in African Literatures},
  pages={125 - 146}
  • M. Hron
  • Published 22 April 2011
  • Political Science
  • Research in African Literatures
This article examines Jean Hatzfeld’s Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak, a collection of testimonials by perpetrators of the genocide in Rwanda. While surveying popular representations of killers in Rwanda, circulating theories about the 1994 genocide and the veracity of these killers’ accounts, this article also investigates the production, edition, and translation of these killers’ interviews. In particular, it focuses on Jean Hatzfeld’s role as editor of these killers’ testimonies… 
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