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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Jen Season by Jean Hatzfeld. Susan Sontag Preface by. During the spring ofin a tiny country called Rwanda, somepeople were hacked to death, one by one, by their neighbors in a hatsfeld civil war. Several years later, journalist Jean Hatzfeld traveled to Rwanda to interview ten participants in the killings, eliciting extraordinary testimony from these men about the genocide they perpetrated.

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As Susan Sontag wro During the spring ofin a tiny country called Rwanda, somepeople were hacked to death, one by one, by their neighbors in a gruesome civil war. As Susan Sontag wrote in the preface, Machete Season is a document that “everyone should read.

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Lists with This Book. La Murambi Technical School era in costruzione nele lo era anche quando ci sono stato io dieci anni dopo, ma a quel punto i lavori erano per trasformarla nel Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre. Nel periodo post genocidio le condizioni delle carceri rwandesi erano di massimo sovraffollamento e pessima igiene: Il giornalista francese si porta dietro un interprete locale, che ha perso la sua famiglia per mano degli intervistati, o dei loro sodali: View all 10 comments.

Nov 04, Mariel rated it liked it Recommends it for: For others, it’s murky- I cannot keep track anymore in my memory. I considered them unimportant; at the time of those murders I didn’t even notice the tiny thing that would change me into a killer.

To make the effort to understand what happened in Rwanda is a painful task that we have no right to shirk- it i “This gentleman I killed at the marketplace, I can tell you the exact memory of it because he was the first. To make the effort to understand what happened in Rwanda is a painful task that we have no right to shirk- it is part of being a moral adult. Everyone should read Hatzfeld’s book. If you’ve ever read one of Susan Sontag’s introductions and then read the book with a “Well, this bowl of risotto didn’t give ME an orgasm” reaction then you know how hard it is to hit those octaves after one of hers.

I agree that it is an important issue. Because it is important, Hatzfeld may have been let off the hook on pretty tepmorada things. He hatzfld himself repeatedly in Machete Season. Sometimes on the same page I’ll get to that later. I could have dealt without the constant comparisons to the holocaust. I really could have dealt without the measuring of one tragedy against another. Hatzfeld is in love with the word “genocide” and wastes time downgrading the tragedies of war, such as the horrific slaughter of Sbrenicans, because the women weren’t systematically wiped out to prevent future breeding.


If you see people as a group, not as individuals, then genocide is worse. Hatzfled think killing people is bad if killing people is bad.

Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak

I am at a loss why he felt he had to take time out of his book to say that what happened in Rwanda was worse than what happened to others, with the sole exception of Jewish people in the holocaust. I’ve seen this kind of thing before. The sixty-three million killed by Chairman Mao was not as bad as tejporada twelve million killed by Hitler because it wasn’t against different people than his own. People are people, people! I would think it would be important to question why life isn’t so precious that war is inevitable.

The first time I wore my “Are you fucking kidding me?! This late settlement of the region renders all discussion about either ethnic group’s rights of priority and legitimacy simply hopeless. All these immigrants to the Bugesera arrived at almost the same time, traumatized by the ordeal of having to find new land to feed themselves.

Temproada is an historically stupid statement. I don’t think I need to say why. Hatzfeld doesn’t bring up colonization until page and then he refers to it as “over simplistic” if you did think it was an unmitigated factor.

Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak by Jean Hatzfeld

Maybe the Belgian author didn’t want to mention that the idea of ethnic identity cards did not arrive spontaneously into the minds of either tribe, that it was their Belgian colonizers who put the as Hatzfeld disturbingly to me refers to them again and again “slender” and “beautiful” Tutsis over tdmporada Hutus.

The setting up of one group over another group seems to be a common factor in the matter of people doing fucked up shit to each other. The slow dehumanization over a period of time so that people get used to it and won’t see it as wrong. Hatzfeld was busy shoehorning the Rwandan murders to fit next hatzfelx the sickness of the Nazi regime and bypasses Cambodia on the grounds that he is more familiar with the former. Revenge, as well as racism, played a large part in the Cambodian genocide.

Corruption under “leaders” set up under the French, and a memory that doesn’t let go of the most twisted resentment turned brutal. Like the Hutus, the Khmer Rouge didn’t have a plan beyond extermination. Today’s itinerary is blood. Hatzfled didn’t have to remember what it was like during the centuries the Tutsis reigned over them. They inherited the grudges.

To dismiss colonization boggled my mind a little. I would also say that the shooting down of the plane with the Hutu president was a catalyst. But what about the hundreds of Tutsis that the killers interviewed admitted drowning in rivers? The murders of jeean neighbors that they were getting away with before the summer of ? The Nazis did mschetes up to it.


The conclusion that I came to is it wasn’t a big deal to the killers because they thought they hemporada going to get away with. That is what the gang of Rwandan killers tell Hatzfeld himself.

They say this more than once and it is said by more than a few killers. They felt they were not going to be liable for their crimes with an authority of society. That was the missing ingredient in the pot. That is why so many went along with the Mxchetes, why men who had once lived aside Jews could kill them. These Rwandan men had been simple farmers. If you are going to write a book about the killers in an attempt to understand why they did what they did, why would you focus your attention machetea the victims Hatzfeld has a prior work about them?

Setting up differences between the groups is wrong. I had a lot of “But what about? Hatzfeld talks a little about Christopher R. Amchetes book Ordinary Men somewhere in the last fifty pages if you haven’t read it I highly recommend that you do so about how simple Polish men could turn into killers and follow through with the executions of all of those people.

If any group could be turned on and wiped out then is it also true that anyone could turn into a killer? The similarities was in the killers. If they knew what would have happened afterwards that would have been a deterrent if “It is wrong to kill other human beings” was not. The key to the mystery arrives by chance when, without realizing it, I sometimes pass from the informal, singular “you” tu to the plural “you” vous.

Each time, as if by magic, the replies became precise, and I finally grasp the link between the cause and effect. Interviewing the men inside the prison of Rilima was an inspired choice.

Here Hatfeld knew what he was doing. The men in Browning’s book were hard to reach through the threat of imprisonment. Bypassing the fear of judgement is another matter. A feeling that I had throughout was for those other Rwandans suspected by the world for murder. Eyes on them regardless of their possible innocence. Some have been exonerated. Did they get a plaque of proof for this? Did the men who shot down the plane of the Hutu president and then fled to refugee camps in Uganda think about the outcome they were setting up a million people to endure?

Does anyone in a power play ever consider the casualities? Choosing the men from a group of friends was even more inspired. The group mentality for killing is also what allows them to feel protected. It wasn’t just me! His idea was that their insulated world of judgement within their own group would keep them honest. An inmate who denied responsibility would have to point the finger at the others. He would not be allowed into the shadows under their shoulders. All they had left of their old lives was this group.

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