Freitag, 26.6.2015, 15h

Philip Gourevitch

Not Banal

Reflections on my encounters over the past twenty years with Gasumari, an avid Rwandan génocidaire turned avid, but not exactly convincing, penitent — an unknown peasant who became a fate to his neighbors and loved every minute of the slaughter — with some thoughts mixed in on the general worthlessness of the banal slogan, “the banality of evil,” for apprehending, much less comprehending, the reality of a mass murderer.

Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is a former editor of The Paris Review and the author of three books: The Ballad Of Abu Ghraib (2008), A Cold Case (2002), and We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (1998), which won, among other prizes, a National Book Critics Circle Award and The New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award.

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