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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 28 April 2013
This review is from: The Elimination: A Survivor of the Khmer Rouge Confronts his Past and the Commandant of the Killing Fields (Paperback)
Just when you thought you'd read everything about the Khmer Rouge - and man's inhumanity to man - there comes along an eloquent and deeply thought-provoking book by celebrated film-maker Rithy Panh. So much story telling is dominated by western academics and journalists (myself included), it is really refreshing to read a Cambodian account that is beautifully written, personal and deeply reflective. An amazing book and, by far, the best to have been written about the Khmer Rouge.
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Initial post: 10 May 2013 22:44:33 BDT
J. Mahir says:
Just got this today, seemed original in its structure and coming from someone who was there just adds to it. Thanks for the review, I look forward to reading it.

p.s. The Lost Executioner is not far off ;-)

Posted on 28 Dec 2013 23:40:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2014 01:15:24 GMT
{Edit} To my mind, the translation seems poor. I'd still recommend it to everyone.

I think it says a lot about universal questions, I'd go so far as to say it answers them. The banality of good, the grotequeness of evil (the hardest part for me so far was pigs in the national library). - The only thing I'm waiting to see if the book answers ( I have not got to the end): when Duch agreed to the interviews, did he really know who he was up against? (See the passage that ends with Rithy Panh telling Duch, no, his father isn't a 'hero', just a man who never abandonned his conscience.)

I don't know that this ''proves'' anything, but Amazon.fr :
reviews for primo Levi : if this is a man = 104
reviews for L'elimination = 25
suggests it's an important book.
I've got the inexpensive French paperback; it sold well enough to get published in this format, (sept 2013) . It won five awards. If your edition doesn't contain photo's, I think you miss something by not having Bophana on the cover (the banality of good).

PS and I've just noticed The Lost Executioner: The Story of Comrade Duch and the Khmer Rouge ...
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