This extraordinary book contains eyewitness accounts of life in Cambodia during Pol Pot's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979, accounts written by survivors who were children at the time. The book has been put together by Dith Pran, whose own experiences in Cambodia were so graphically portrayed in the film The Killing Fields. The ...
This extraordinary book contains eyewitness accounts of life in Cambodia during Pol Pot's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979, accounts written by survivors who were children at the time. The book has been put together by Dith Pran, whose own experiences in Cambodia were so graphically portrayed in the film The Killing Fields. The testimonies related here bear poignant witness to the slaughter the Khmer Rouge inflicted on the Cambodian people. The contributors -- most of them now in the United States and pictured in photographs that accompany their stories -- report on life in Democratic Kampuchea as seen through children's eyes. They speak of their bewilderment and pain as Khmer Rouge cadres tore their families apart, subjected them to harsh brainwashing, drove them from their homes to work in forced-labor camps, and executed captives in front of them. Their stories tell of suffering and the loss of innocence, the struggle to survive against all odds, and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
VG/VG, remainder mark, ex-lib, library marks removed leaving some evidense, else clean, tight binding, almost like new. Gray paper covered boards with 1/5 gray cloth covered spine with black lettering, first printing, hardcover. 199 + xvii pp incl table of contents, compilers note, introduction, notes on the introduction, and a glossary. 5.75x8.5 inches.
New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 220 p. Contains: Illustrations. Yale Southeast Asia Studies Monograph Series. Audience: General/trade. Hardcover in dust jacket, Fine/Fine Condition (Beautiful, brand new book! ), 199 pages (L2).
Publishers Weekly, 1997-03-17 Dith Pran, the photojournalist whose horrifying story gave Pol Pot's genocidal regime a human face in The Killing Fields, continues with his wife DePaul in their mission to remind the world what happened in Cambodia. When the Khmer Rouge took control in 1975, the 29 contributors to this collection ranged in age from toddlers to teenagers. Separated from their relations by the Khmer Rouge, who hoped to use them as the basis of a new society, children had to work in the rice fields. These recollections provide a child's-eye view of their families' suffering. Living conditions were hellish: the children were fed one daily bowl of water with a few grains of rice; innocent people were tortured and killed; and often children were forced to watch as relatives were executed. What is apparent throughout is that while the Khmer Rouge was able physically to separate families, the children's memories of love and respect remained. The authors, most of whom now live in the United States, are shown in photographs with accompanying biographical data recounting how they rebuilt their shattered lives. While the testimonies of suffering and loss may become repetitive, this collection is still an important reminder of the darkest chapter in post-WWII history. (May)
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