2050, Paris n'est plus qu'un torrent de violences, le terrain de jeu de fanatiques déchus. L'air n'est plus respirable. Les hologrammes ont remplacé les hommes. Le travail n'est plus que le privilège de quelques-uns. Sous l'hégémonie de Dame Consommation, il est devenu interdit de fabriquer et réparer.
Ce livre est un signal d'alerte. Il est futuriste sans être fantaisiste. Un livre terrifiant de vérités aux premières pages et saisissant d'espoir aux dernières. Un très beau roman d'anticipation, empli d'humanité. Un bel appel au vivre ensemble et au retour à l'autosuffisance.
When the Rwandan genocide started in early April 1994, the Batutsi of Kigali, men, women and children, pursued by hordes of slaughterers, desperately Iooked for places of refuge and hiding places. Over a thousand of them rushed to one of the capital's biggest hotels, Hôtel des Mille Collines, an establishment owned by Sabena, where safety was ensured by the UNAMIR (United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda) forces. What did these poor people really find within its walls? Were they safeguarded, fed and cared for, and were their lives spared, thanks to the heroism of the hotel manager, as depicted in "Hotel Rwanda," the famous film released in 2005? Or were they only saved alter many harrowing weeks thanks to external circumstances that had nothing to do with the actions of the hotel management? Alfred Ndahiro and Privat Rutazibwa's book distinguishes between the facts as they really happened inside Hôtel des Mille Collines and the story as it was told eleven years later in a film that deeply moved public opinion and achieved global success.
The authors, Alfred Ndahiro and Privat Rutazibwa, are Rwandan academics. Like many of their compatriots, they were outraged, by the version of the events of spring 1994 given by the film "Hotel Rwanda". This book is the result of the two years they devoted to studies, analyses, research and interviews with witnesses and participants, notably the survivors of the hotel. This book calls into question the version of the facts presented and popularised by American producer-director Terry George's famous film, which stars Don Cheadle in the leading role of the manager of Hôtel des Mille Collines.