While the massacre in Murambi depicted in the novel is historical, Doctor Joseph Karekezi is a fictional creation. Assess his character. For example, what is the significance of depicting the “Butcher of Murambi” as an apparently liberal (at least earlier), educated man who was even at one point a former Tutsi sympathizer? How does he view himself? How do characters like Colonel Perrin, Siméon, and Gérard view him? Do we ever get a clear sense of Cornelius’ view? Why do you think Karekezi did what he did? What is the effect of Diop’s choice to have Karekezi narrate his own section of the novel?  

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