By Daoud Hari
Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812979176, 224pp.
Publication Date: January 13, 2009
In 2003, Daoud Hari, a Zaghawa tribesman, was among the hundreds of thousands of villagers attacked and driven from their homes by Sudanese-government-backed militia groups. Though Hari's village was burned to the ground, his family decimated and dispersed, he himself escaped, eventually finding safety across the border. With his high school knowledge of languages, Hari offered his services as a translator and guide. In doing so, however, he had to return to the heart of darkness and he has risked his life again and again to help ensure that the story of his people is told while there is still time to save them.
“Pure, candid and deeply moving.”
–New York Post
“[The Translator] may be the biggest small book of this year, or any year. In roughly two hundred pages of simple, lucid prose, it lays open the Darfur genocide more intimately and powerfully than do a dozen books by journalists or academic experts.”
–The Washington Post Book World
“A book of unusually humane power and astounding moral clarity.”
–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This is a book every American should read. . . . In the spirit of courage and a desire to protect his people, [Hari] has written an emotional yet gentle memoir.”
–Deseret Morning News
“Heart-stopping . . . a life-changing read.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)