The Translator: A Memoir (Paperback)

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The young life of Daoud Hari-his friends call him David-has been one of bravery and mesmerizing adventure. The Translator is a suspenseful, harrowing, and deeply moving memoir of how one person has made a difference in the world, an on-the-ground account of one of the biggest stories of our time: the brutal genocide under way in Darfur.

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.

About the Author

Daoud Hari was born in the Darfur region of Sudan. After escaping an attack on his village, he entered the refugee camps in Chad and began serving as a translator for major news organizations including The New York Times, NBC, and the BBC, as well as the United Nations and other aid groups. He now lives in the United States and was part of's Voices from Darfur tour. From the Hardcover edition.

Praise For…

“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)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812979176
ISBN-10: 0812979176
Publisher: Random House Trade
Publication Date: January 13th, 2009
Pages: 224
Language: English