ABSTRACT

In 2006, Murambi had become an internationally recognizable name with the publication in English of the Senegalese author Boubacar Boris Diop's novel Murambi, The Book of Bones. It would be conventional to provide a narrative of what happened at Murambi Technical School. Murambi is part of the 'global political economy of traumatic storytelling' through three textual forms: a human rights report, a novel and transcripts/judgement from a criminal trial. The human rights report relies for its affect on the use of testimonial narrative that generates a sensation of immediacy. Madlingozi's analysis suggests that the figure of the 'victim' around which the human rights report is organized is a subject position created by the international human rights movement. The survivors of the massacre, along with the Government of Rwanda and the National Museum of Rwanda stopped the decomposition by covering the bodies in limestone and putting them on display.