"This novel is a miracle. Murambi, The Book of Bones verifies my conviction that art alone can handle the consequences of human destruction and translate these consequences into meaning. Boubacar Boris Diop, with a difficult beauty, has managed it. Powerfully."—Toni Morrison
In April of 1994, nearly a million Rwandans were killed in what would prove to be one of the swiftest, most terrifying killing sprees of the 20th century. With a new afterword by Boubacar Boris Diop, Murambi, The Book of Bones comes face to face with the chilling horror and overwhelming sadness of the tragedy.
"[A] searing first-person account of the misery of war visited upon her family, neighbors and countrymen, caught in senseless, chaotic horror...A visceral reminder of war’s intimate slaughter."—Kirkus Reviews
Vietnam, January, 1968. As the citizens of Hue are preparing to celebrate Tet, the start of the Lunar New Year, Nha Ca arrives in the city to attend her father’s funeral. Without warning, war erupts all around them, drastically changing or cutting short their lives. Mourning Headband for Hue is an unvarnished and riveting account of war as experienced by ordinary people caught up in the violence of the fierce North Vietnamese offensive.