Set against the genocide in Rwanda, A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali is also a love story that addresses issues such as corruption, petty bureaucracy and the ravages that AIDS has brought on Africa.
This book deals with raw subjects and the language and images it uses are equally raw, reflecting their author’s anger and fierce opposition to all forms of injustice.
Bernard Valcourt, a documentary filmmaker from Québec, has come to Rwanda to set up a television station in Kigali which never gets built. But in Rwanda, he finds a part of himself and falls in love with a Rwandan girl, Gentille, who is an ethnic Hutu but who looks like a Tutsi. The two marry but as the Hutu government encourages violence against Tutsis, Gentille’s life is put in danger. Valcourt refuses to leave Rwanda, but he and Gentille become tragically separated. Valcourt believes she has been killed and sets out to record her life story and the events of her final days.
A rich cast of characters and unforgettable scenes fill this novel which also celebrates the force that drives these characters to live life to the fullest, even under the shadow of death.
Note: This book contains graphic scenes depicting sex and violence which may be disturbing to some readers.