One Hundred Days
By Lukas Bärfuss
Granta Books, 2012
When Swiss aid worker David Hohl arrives in Rwanda in 1990, he wants to know what it feels like to make a difference.Instead, he finds himself among expats, living a life of postcolonial privilege and boredom, and he begins to suspect that the agency is more concerned with political expedience than improving lives. But are his own motives any more noble? When civil war breaks out and David goes into hiding, he is forced to examine his own relationship to the country he wants to help and to the cosmopolitan Rwandan woman he wants to possess. As the genocide rages over the course of one hundred desperate days, the clear line David has always drawn between idealism and complicity quickly begins to blur.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE OXFORD WEIDENFELD PRIZE
‘[A] harrowing portrayal of organised slaughter... it explores the existential dilemmas that come with being Swiss - a more interesting topic than you might imagine... Magnificent’—Glasgow Herald
‘His writing is seriously good, dramatising horrific events in illuminating ways’—Peter Carty
Lukas Bärfuss, One Hundred Days