Sport MEET. Scholastique Mukasonga, Norman-Rwandan storyteller

12:15  02 august  2020
12:15  02 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Scholastique Mukasonga is a French Rwandan author born in 1956 in the former Gikongoro province of Rwanda . In 2012, She won the prix Renaudot and the prix Ahmadou-Kourouma for her book Our

Scholastique Mukasonga . 1,861 likes · 28 talking about this. To close our series on exile with the British Museum and Edmund de Waal, Scholastique Mukasonga writes a personal experience of exile as a Rwandan Tutsi.

Scholastique Mukasonga vit et écrit tout près de la Manche, à Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer. © Thomas Bregardis, Ouest-France Scholastique Mukasonga lives and writes near La Manche, in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer.

Scholastique Mukasonga, who has lived in Calvados for thirty years, draws on the legends and ancestral memory of his native Rwanda to imagine his novels.

Scholastique Mukasonga has rediscovered the pretty little seaside resort of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, where she has nevertheless lived for twenty-five years. One of the beneficial effects of confinement. She combed the kilometer allotted to her, in this city nicknamed the Queen of iodine. "I call it Deauville de la Côte de Nacre! she said laughing.

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Scholastique Mukasonga ’s newly translated memoir is about the impact of the Rwandan genocide, during which 37 of her family members were killed. “A mother’s dead body is not to be seen,” the writer Scholastique Mukasonga ’s mother, Stefania, would tell her girls.

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The 64-year-old novelist, winner of the Renaudot 2012 prize, however, did not have the heart to party. His latest book, Kibogo Ascended to Heaven, was released on March 12, on the eve of the news that bookstores were shutting down. Double bad luck, the film taken from his book Notre-Dame-du-Nil had just been released in theaters. But Scholastique Mukasonga is optimistic by nature. Above all, she went through much worse trials. Almost all of her family, of Tutsi origin, disappeared in the massacres which bloodied Rwanda in 1994. She herself had fled to Burundi in 1973, when the climate was already darkening. She then met her husband, a French aid worker with whom she came to settle in France. "I experienced the dramatic dimension of the genocide. So I decided that I was strong, that I was going to recreate other energies to hold on. »

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Scholastique Mukasonga a découvert les venelles étroites de Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer. © Thomas Bregardis, Ouest-France Scholastique Mukasonga discovered the narrow alleys of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer. Cows and crocodiles

Every day, she took advantage of her hour of walking around her house, very close to the sea. “When we arrived in 1995, the people of Caen came here to look for their fish and there were huge traffic jams . I wanted to buy in Norman Switzerland, which reminded me of Rwanda with its valleys and cows. The sea for me was like the big lake, the crocodiles were going to eat me and the hippos would crush me! Now I won't budge.

During the confinement, the beach was prohibited, like the dike lined with pretty Norman houses. "But I found alleys that plunged down to the sea." She found fishermen's houses nested in each other, narrow alleys where two people do not pass. "Saint-Aubin is not an old village, our house, which dates from 1886, is one of the oldest. But the town has as much character as if it dated from the Middle Ages!

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Fiction by Scholastique Mukasonga : “Every man had something to say about the cows he’d once owned and those he would perhaps, one day, own again.” • Like so many other Rwandan Tutsi, I followed the path of exile. I extended my studies for as long as I could, because my stateless status

Born in Rwanda in 1956, Scholastique Mukasonga experienced from childhood the violence and humiliation of the ethnic conflicts that shook her country. Twelve years later, Gallimard published her autobiographical account Inyenzi ou les Cafards, which marked Mukasonga 's entry into literature.

Curiously, the confined city brought her back to the Djibouti desert, where she lived for a few years with her husband. “There are meerkats over there, little animals that hide in holes and come out halfway to observe humans. It was the same with people who were confined. And that put me to the test. "

Because for this warm and expansive social worker, " difficult to no longer interact with the other ". His job is to visit vulnerable people in order to help them manage their daily lives. She had to content herself with assisting them by phone. So in the streets, she struck up a conversation, from afar of course, “especially with grannies in their backyard. I found the people to be very wise, very worthy. They said to hold on, not to let go. I also liked talking with the children. They were looking into the future, when they were going to be reunited with their friends. These conversations were little rays of sunshine. »

These two months out of time did not make him forget his book. She struggled to bring Kibogo, the god called upon to save Rwanda from wars and famine, to the media. While much of Scholastique Mukasonga's work is autobiographical (The Barefoot Woman, A Beautiful Diploma), it departs from that vein. Though. "I remembered the pot, like a bottomless pit, of the tales my mother told me. In Rwanda, women are storytellers from mother to daughter, I subscribe to this tradition. »

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Scholastique Mukasonga . Scholastique Mukasonga . Imagine being born into a world where everything about you—the shape of your nose, the look of your hair, the place of your birth—designates you as an undesirable, an inferior, a menace, no better than a cockroach, something to be driven

Scholastique Mukasonga (born 1956) is a Rwandan author living in France. She was born in Gikongoro Province in 1956. Mukasonga left Rwanda before the Rwandan genocide, which killed 27 members of her family, her mother being one of them.

Witches and missionaries

She imagined a beautiful novel around Kibogo and this Catholic religion which had come to dispossess Rwanda of its beliefs, its customs, its royalty. Without quite succeeding. One of the characters, Akayézu, embodies the synthesis between the Rwandan religion and Catholicism, in this book in which old sages and ethnologists, witches and missionaries oppose each other.

Scholastique Mukasonga is satirical, biting, critical. Without Manichaeism. “The white fathers dispossessed Rwanda, they also collected its stories and legends. But she went to school for nuns. “It made me an artificial person, without foundations. The Church has done more damage than the colonization. We were cut off from our roots, which created divisions conducive to what happened next. Above all, she does not want to blow on the embers. “I don't want to throw stones, as long as everyone has done their mea culpa. Today, Rwanda is digging into its roots to find peace. »

Kibogo ascended to heaven, Gallimard, 154 pages, 15 €.

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