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The Elimination

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The Elimination by Rithy Panh, book reviewWhen my copy of The Elimination by Rithy Panh came through the letter box I took it out of its wrapper and thought “Oh boy, what have I done?”

The subtitle will maybe give you an idea why a sense of trepidation came over me. The Elimination – A Survivor of the Khmer Rouge Confronts his Past and the Commandant of the Killing Fields.

I was pretty scared of what I might find. Even though I’d asked for this book, even though I’d told myself that I should be thoroughly ashamed to know almost nothing about something that took place during my own lifetime, I was still struck by a fear of what I might find inside the covers.


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