The American daily Los Angeles Times chose Igifu in its pick of the 10 Great Books that got lost in the noise of 2020.
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My collection of short stories L’igifu was translated by Jordan Stump and published by Archipelago Book in 2020.
“In “Grief,” the final story in this trim collection, Mukasonga writes about a young woman very much like herself, abroad in France in the early 1990s when she receives a letter from her native Rwanda. It contains a long list of names, “her father, her mother, her brothers, her sisters, her uncles, her aunts, her nephews, her nieces…. This was now the list of her dead, of everyone who had died far away from her, without her, and there was nothing she could do for them, not even die with them.” Mukasonga has been writing autobiographical stories about her upbringing and Rwanda’s genocide for years, but “Igifu” may be her brightest, most eye-opening work yet. “
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