A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali
|Original title||Un dimanche à la piscine à Kigali|
|Published||2000 (first French edition)|
|Awards||Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, 2004|
Bernard Valcourt, a documentary filmmaker from Quebec, has been sent to the Rwandan capital Kigali to set up a television station. He falls in love with a Rwandan girl Gentille, who in reality is an ethnic Hutu, but she is often mistaken for a Tutsi. With the Hutu government is encouraging violence against Tutsis, Gentille's life becomes in danger. Encouraged by his love for Gentille, and a desire to complete a documentary to bring the tragedy of AIDS to the attention of the outside world, Valcourt refuses to leave Rwanda. When the two are married, they become tragically separated, leaving Valcourt believing that Gentille has, inevitably been killed. He then determines to document her life story, and sets out to discover the story of her final days.
The novel was translated into English as A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Patricia Claxton in 2003 (ISBN 0-676-97482-1). It was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for French to English translation.
Un dimanche à la piscine à Kigali was chosen for inclusion in the French version of Canada Reads, Le combat des livres, broadcast on Radio-Canada in 2004, where it was defended by writer, environmentalist and activist Laure Waridel. Un dimanche à la piscine à Kigali eventually won the contest.
In 2006, a movie inspired by the book, A Sunday in Kigali (French Un dimanche à Kigali), was released.
- Hotel Rwanda
- Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda – book
- Shake Hands With the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire – documentary
- Shake Hands with the Devil – dramatic feature film