Born in Rwanda in 1956, Scholastique Mukasonga experienced from childhood the violence and humiliation of the ethnic conflicts that shook her country. She settled in France in 1992, only 2 years before the brutal genocide of the Tutsi swept through Rwanda. In the aftermath, Mukasonga learned that 27 of her family members had been massacred. Twelve years later, Gallimard published her autobiographical account Inyenzi ou les Cafards. This was followed by the publication of La femme aux pieds nus and L’Iguifou, both widely praised. Her first novel, Notre-Dame du Nil, won the Ahamadou Kourouma Prize and the Renaudot Prize in 2012, and the French Voices Award in 2014. Her latest book is The Barefoot Woman.