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PEN World Voices: Truth & Reconciliation: A National Reckoning, featuring Rian Malan, Lieve Joris, Alexandra Fuller & Francisco Goldman, moderated by Paul van Zyl

May 4, 2008

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In countries riven by war and genocidal violence 'from South Africa and Zimbabwe, to the Congo, Rwanda and Guatemala' what, exactly, are the possibilities for truth and reconciliation? And what are the pitfalls' Join authors Rian Malan (My Traitor's Heart), Lieve Joris (The Rebels? Hour), Alexandra Fuller (Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier), and Francisco Goldman (The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?) for a far-ranging discussion. Moderated by Paul van Zyl, who served as Executive Secretary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, from 1995 to 1998, and is now Vice President and Program Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice.

photo of Jean Hatzfeld by Didier Gaillard

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About Alexandra Fuller

Alexandra Fuller was born in England. In 1972 she moved with her family to a farm in Rhodesia. After that country's civil war in 1981, the Fullers moved first to Malawi, then to Zambia. Fuller received a B.A. from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is the author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, a New York Times Notable Book of 2002, and a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, and Scribbling the Cat, winner of the 2005 Ulysses Award for Art of Reportage.





About Francisco Goldman

Francisco Goldman was born in Boston. He is the author of The Long Night of White Chickens, which won the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award, and The Ordinary Seaman, which was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Fiction Prize, the PEN/Faulkner award, and The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times Magazine. His most recent novel is The Divine Husband and his first work of nonfiction, The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?, was published in 2007.




About Lieve Joris

Lieve Joris has published widely acclaimed books on the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Her translated work includes Back to the Congo, The Gates of Damascus, and Mali Blues. Her latest book, The Rebels Hour, will be published in the U.S. in April 2008. Lieve Joris was born in Belgium and now lives in Amsterdam.






About Rian Malan

Rian Malan is the author of My Traitor's Heart. He has served as a contributing editor on Rolling Stone and Esquire magazines and written articles for Time magazine, The Spectator, and The Observer, among many others.






About Paul van Zyl

Paul van Zyl is a co-founder and the Executive Vice-President of the International Center for Transitional Justice, an organization which assists countries pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse. He has acted as an adviser and consultant to human rights organizations, governments, international organizations, and foundations on transitional justice issues in numerous countries. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Executive Secretary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. Mr. van Zyl is director of New York University School of Law's Transitional Justice Program, and teaches law both in New York and Singapore.