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Reviews for “Four Faces of Truth”
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|David Chandler, Monash University, Australia. Author of A History of Cambodia and Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol Pot.|
Four Faces of Truth is a poignant, fictionalized account of Cambodia’s tumultuous history since World War II as seen through the eyes of four skillfully imagined participant observers. In these pages, Ms Rinaldi displays an enviable “feel" for the ways Cambodians think and behave and a talent for capturing the essence of what millions of Cambodians have recently endured. In Four Faces of Truth she has constructed a darkly tinted, multi-faceted narrative that is very moving and very persuasive.
Ambassador Tim Carney, Director of UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia, Director for Asian Affairs on National Security Staff, author of Whither Cambodia? Beyond the Election Harriette Rinaldi has written a magic novel of modern Cambodian history. Like all good historical fiction, it uses the facts together with the vicissitudes of her very well-drawn characters to portray the horrors of Khmer Rouge Cambodia. She vividly depicts the roots of Cambodian communism in the personalities of the major figures. This book wonderfully rebuts the nonsense of “gentle” Cambodians. It makes plain how and why the Khmer Rouge regime happened.
Youk Chhang, Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, the major human rights organization in Cambodia I grew up during the Cambodian war (1970-1975) and I still continue to be haunted in some way by my experiences under the Khmer Rouge. Four Faces of Truth is an important contribution to the discussion concerning what if and, consequently, what now? For example, what if there had been no war or genocide in Cambodia? As Harriette Rinaldi’s book demonstrates, Cambodia’s prospects for a better future will depend not only on how it faces its difficulties today, but also on how it faces the horrors of the past.