“Machete Season by Jean Hatzfeld” is a tough book to read!, it lets the killers .. Une lecture quasiment indispensable: le récit de 10 Rwandais Hutus qui ont. Jean Hatzfeld’s most popular book is Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak. L’Air de la guerre: Sur les Routes de Croatie et de Bosnie-Herzegovine. Jean Hatzfeld’s Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak is a shocking represent “in-humanity” or the “ob-scene” reality of genocide (de Certeau )

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Machete Season doesn’t offer a close analysis of the big picture of what transpired or how it came to this though Hatzfeld does present a iean overviewbut is especially valuable in presenting how the common man and a few local leaders accepted and reacted jewn what information, propaganda, and orders they were fed.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Publishers Weekly wrote that “Steering clear of politics, this important book succeeds in offering the reader some grasp of how such unspeakable acts unfolded.

It is here that Hatzfeld first introduces the reader to the victims and survivors of evil. In lieu of an abstract, here is hatzfelc brief excerpt of the content: This dynamic in turn, seemed to develop because the killers wanted the guilt to be distributed.

As Susan Sontag wrote in the preface, Machete Season is a document that “everyone should read.

Books by Jean Hatzfeld

Aug 15, Jen rated it it was ok. Not as a letting off the hook because they were caught up in what everyone else was doing.

As the book recorded it, true repentance was hard to find or nonexistence. The similarities was in the killers. I feel like the author stayed away from the tough questions with regard to the men who killed, instead allowing them to tell only what they wished with no real challenge as to their frames of minds. Of course genocide is pretty much sanctioned in the Bible, as anyone who recalls the exploits of Saul may remember: Hatzfeld wrote three books on this subject, this being the second book in which he talks to the killers about their deeds.


Hatzfeld, the interlocutor, is absent when the killers speak, and this absence gives a false impression of the immediate context of their words.

There were no concentration camps, no need for any of temporaada paraphenalia. They inherited the grudges. I would think it would be important to question why life isn’t so precious that war is inevitable. Apparently, even the organisers of the genocide told the women to stay home.

Sometimes the reports are contradictory. So this journalist visits a Ruwandan prison and gets machets of the Hutu executioners during the genocide to speak freely about their crimes.

Um, I didn’t know it was a contest. Or that German film Sophie Scholl because the Germans needed, for their peace of mind, to cling to any small sign that one of their own resisted the Nazis. The murderers often use eufemisms and seem to step back when they get to describe the actual killings.

Machete Season (A Time for Machetes) – Jean Hatzfeld

There were fierce people who urged us to cause pain. Because it is important, Hatzfeld may have been let off the hook on pretty important things. That is why so many went along with the Nazis, why men who had once lived aside Jews could kill them.

These men would collect more of the loot, or force them to work harder. Jean Hatzfeld had not considered interviewing them; it was the demand of readers of his previous book that made him change his mind.


InGerman Inthe Germans conquered Rwanda. I didn’t get the sense from this particular group interviewed that it was a concern of theirs, the lives of the Tutsis. Jean Hatzfeld interviewed a group of killers, choosing to focus not on individuals but on “a group of prisoners who would feel protected from the dangers of truth by their friendship and joint complicity, a bunch of pals secure in their group identity established before the genocide”. In this book, the interviews were interspersed with history, sometimes a description of interview process and how it came about that the author decided to write this one, sometimes the voices of some of the survivors are included.

I feel for those Tutsis survivors who have to live on those hills with people who had tried to kill them. Jun 11, Sebastien rated it really liked it.

Hatzfeld’s second installment, Machete Season: Did they even have an opinion? You could get killed yourself if you lagged off. Will they be the same as they were then inin ?

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Through the answers of the killers, Hatzfeld reveals what genocide is and how it differs from war. They seem intuitively to understand one danger in particular, which Pio outlines this way: