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Assault often fades into painful silence—but a group of pioneering authors have placed survivors at the center of their own narratives. Idra Novey’s Those Who Knew examines a popular politician’s sexual misdeeds and the alarming quiet surrounding those brutal acts. Scholastique Mukasonga’s works of memoir and fiction address the genocide that ravaged her family and countless others across her native Rwanda. And Brazilian philosopher, artist, and writer Marcia Tiburi’s latest novel tells of a woman’s endurance against both torturous and symbolic violence in dystopian São Paulo. Karen M. Phillips, Executive Director of Words Without Borders, moderates a discussion with these authors about how their transcendent stories of violence and resilience give voice to the silenced, create space for remembrance, and encourage both reckoning and resistance.
Presented with Words Without Borders and with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy