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Photo by Barry Broman, from
his book Cambodia:
its Land and its People.
Back Cover for “Four Faces of Truth”
|Why this book|
|Why this title|
The name of maniacal Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot evokes images of
unimaginable horror, eerily reminiscent of the nightmare of the
Holocaust and presaging other genocidal regimes that continue into
the 21st century. Watching the rise of the Khmer Rouge from
different perspectives, the four fictional narrators of
Four Faces of Truth
The intertwined paths of the four narrators mirror the tragedy of what was happening all around them in Cambodia. These compelling truth-tellers are: a serious young man who leaves a Buddhist monastery to serve as an aide to General Lon Nol; a well-educated teenage girl who abandons a life of privilege to join the Khmer communist movement; a young woman who studied medicine in China and treats Pol Pot’s wife for chronic paranoid schizophrenia; and a western archeologist who decries the damage done by the Khmer Rouge to Cambodia’s cultural heritage and natural resources. In lyrical language, punctuated by music, poetry, evocative dream sequences, and mystical folk tales and rituals, Four Faces of Truth provides today’s readers with vivid descriptions of the old colonial city of Phnom Penh, the beauty of ancient Khmer temples, and the exotic majesty of Cambodia’s mountains, wild jungles, dangerous rapids, immense waterfalls, and amazingly diverse wild life.