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THE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS de Clemantine Wamariya

Mise à jour du 30 mai 2018: droits cédés aux Escales

A riveting story of dislocation, survival, and the power of stories to break or save us

THE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS:
A Story of War and What Comes After
by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
Crown, April 2018 

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were “thunder.” In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries, searching for safety—perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive.
When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted asylum in the United States, where she embarked on another journey—to excavate her past and, after years of being made to feel less than human, claim her individuality.
Raw, urgent, and bracingly original, THE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS captures the true costs and aftershocks of war: what is forever destroyed; what can be repaired; the fragility of memory; the disorientation that comes of other people seeing you only as broken—thinking you need, and want, to be saved. But it is about more than the brutality of war. It is about owning your experiences, about the life we create: intricately detailed, painful, beautiful, a work in progress.

Clemantine Wamariya is a storyteller, public speaker, social entrepreneur, and human rights advocate. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, displaced by conflict, Clemantine migrated throughout seven African countries as a child. At age twelve, she was granted asylum in the United States and went on to receive a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University. Clemantine now uses stories drawn from her experiences to catalyze change and create community.

Elizabeth Weil is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.

Crown Publishing publiera le premier livre de Clemantine Wamariya

A l’âge de six ans, Clemantine Wamariya et sa sœur aînée fuient le Rwanda et le génocide tutsi. Après un incroyable périple à travers une douzaine de pays africains, elles parviennent à traverser l’océan et à s’installer à Chicago. Pour Clemantine, placée dans une famille d’accueil américaine, ce sera le début d’une nouvelle et confortable vie et la possibilité d’accès à l’éducation. Après de brillantes études, la jeune fille sortira avec un diplôme de littérature comparée de l’Université de Yale. En 2006, invitée par Oprah Winfrey, son histoire émeut des millions de téléspectateurs qui, grâce aux puissants pouvoirs d’influence de l’animatrice, assistent à l’écran à la réunion de Clemantine et de sa sœur avec leurs parents, frères et sœurs après de longues années d’éloignement :

EVERYTHING IS YOURS EVERYTHING IS NOT YOURS sera le titre du livre, écrit avec Elizabeth Weil, dont Crown vient d’acquérir les droits. Ce long article qu’elles ont écrit pour Medium en donne les grandes lignes : un livre sur l’amour entre deux sœurs, sur le pouvoir de l’imagination et de la littérature, sur le chemin à parcourir pour parvenir à surmonter de d’effroyables traumatismes.