Nel 1971, François Bizot ' all'epoca trentenne ricercatore francese trapiantato in Cambogia sulle tracce delle più antiche tradizioni buddiste ' venne arrestato dai khmer rossi e tenuto prigioniero per tre mesi, da uno dei più efferati carnefici del ventesimo secolo, in un campo di detenzione vicino Phnom Penh di cui sarà l'unico sopravvissuto.
Nel tentativo di lasciarsi definitivamente alle spalle i fantasmi dell'orrore e della sofferenza, trent'anni dopo l'autore torna nei luoghi della memoria come in una sorta di pellegrinaggio, scavando sia nelle aberrazioni della natura umana, sia in se stesso e nel suo paradossale rapporto con quello che era stato al tempo stesso il suo torturatore e il suo liberatore.
- ISBN: 8850213514
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 282
URLA DEL SILENZIO François Bizot è arrivato in Cambogia nel 1965 per studiare il buddismo locale. Ha viaggiato il paese in lungo e largo, ammirandone la bellezza e la storia. Ha sposato una cambogiana e nel 1968 è nata sua figlia Hélène. Parla khmer e inglese, oltre al francese. Unimmagine presa d... Leggi tutto
I keep picking up books about the Khmer Rouge that narrate fascinating survival stories but are poorly written. I had higher hopes for a book written by a French academic, but I think it's actually worse. He tries too hard to be poetic, sets up a confusing timeline of events, and comes across as...
Bizot's book describes his captivity in Cambodia during the latter months of 1971 and then moves to spring, 1975 when the Khmer Rouge capture Phnom Penh, forcing him to take refuge at the French Embassy with several thousand others (as depicted at the beginning of The Killing Fields). His writing... Leggi tutto
Mr Bizot is definitely passionate about Cambodia, in fact he seems the epitome of the volatile, emotional Frenchman. His love for the country and its customs that was given so wholeheartedly is corrupted by the destruction of the country he loved by the Khymer Rouge. He writes in a possessed non-l... Leggi tutto
This is one of the best memoirs ever written, and certainly the best book I've ever read about Cambodia. I know that reveals some Euro-centric bias on my part; I agree that some of the memoirs of the Killing Fields written by Cambodians are just as eloquent and perhaps show an even clearer pictur... Leggi tutto
3.5 stars. This is a book with a really fascinating subject that unfortunately isn't written all that well. The author, a French academic studying Buddhism in Cambodia in the 70s, has the distinction of being the only Westerner to be voluntarily released from imprisonment by the Khmer Rouge. Then... Leggi tutto
John Le Carre writes in the foreword, "Now and then you read a book, and, as you put it down, you realize that you envy everybody who has not read it, simply because, unlike you, they will have the experience before them." It might smack of blasphemy to compare this to "Life and Fate," but this m... Leggi tutto
Although Francois Bizots ordeal as a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge is central to this memoir, I was also interested in his work as a scholar of Buddhism. When he described village Buddhism in the countryside of Cambodia as possibly including aspects of pre-Buddhist shamanism, I was reminded of Tibe... Leggi tutto
This is a very difficult book - the descriptions of the horrors inflicted by the Khmer Rouge, and of the surreal, multi-faceted war in which there were so many enemies both internal and external - are painful to read. It is an intensely personal account of Bizot's capture by the KR and his subseq... Leggi tutto
This book comprises two main parts: concerning Bizots incarceration by the Khmer Rouge in the early 1970s and later in 1975 when he was the official go-between at the French Embassy dealing directly with the Khmer Rouge. Bizots captor, Kaing Guk Eau, alias Duch, just last year had his sentence in... Leggi tutto
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