類別:社會科學/歷史.
 (版權窗口 繁體: Yu-Shiuan  簡體: Yu-Shiuan  )
We Are Not Such Things
我們都一樣
版本: 精裝560頁  2016 年 6 月 28 日  Spiegel & Grau出版
內容介紹

1993年,一位人權運動家,年輕的美國白人Amy Biehl,開著車載著她的朋友前往開普敦(南非共和國立法首都)附近的一個小鎮。在那裡,她被一群偏激的黑人包圍攻擊,無論她怎麼求饒,他們還是繼續朝她用利器戳刺、用石頭丟砸,Amy最後傷重身亡。這個事件當時轟動全世界,各家新聞媒體從長達11個月的謀殺訴訟審訊,到最後由真相與和解委員會(TRC)做出的特赦判決,都持續做了詳細的追蹤報導。南非的種族隔離政策也正好在那時候宣告終止。其中更令人注目的焦點在於Amy的父母,展現了極大的包容與原諒。他們雇用了兩個殺害他們親生女兒的兇手,在以Amy為名的慈善基金會裡工作。現在他們兩位更稱呼Amy的父母為祖父、祖母。


本書是作者范德露恩 (Justine van der Leun)在事過境遷後,花費整整三年重新調查這個事件的成果。她細心地重現了事件發生的那一夜,也近距離跟蹤其中一位目前重獲自由的兇手。透過仔細地調查,她逐漸了解當地的居民和他們在新的南非下所面臨的困難,這個想要向前進的國家,卻還是受到種族隔離政策殘留下來的餘威所影響。范德露恩在調查過程中發現了一個新的消息,在Amy遇害的那一晚,在同一個小鎮裡也有一個殘忍的事件,卻從未被人提起。

 

范德露恩接受了Katherine Boo, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc和 Jon Krakauer所提供的寫作建議,精細地編織出一部引人入勝、發人省思的故事,敘述非凡的大愛,還有在難以形容的暴戾仇恨下所達成的,不完美的和解。

作者介紹

賈斯丁‧范德露恩(Justine van der Leun)是一位作家,作品有旅行自傳《Marcus of Umbria》和與Sergio Esposito共同寫作的《Passion on the Vine》。她的故事和作品常見於各大雜誌,包括《O》、《 The Oprah Magazine》、《Marie Claire》、《The Paris Review Daily》、《The Carolina Quarterly》、《The New York Observer》等。她的文章內容大多探討南美議題,並為《Harper》和《The Guardian》撰寫專欄文章。她現在居住在布魯克林。

書評

“In We Are Not Such Things, Justine van der Leun reveals the brutal cost of inequality, for both those living high and low in the world. This suspenseful and engrossing story calls into question the simplicities people yearn for when justice is sought for a vicious crime, at the moment when the vicious system of South African apartheid was ending. Van der Leun shows how a powerful desire for reconciliation can in fact obscure the truth, a truth we need in order to establish the equity and justice that all people deserve.”—Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black


 

 

“Justine van der Leun’s We Are Not Such Things is a fascinating, clear-eyed journey into the disheartening political reality of contemporary South Africa. In her pursuit of the facts behind a decades-old murder, she shatters convenient narratives about the end of apartheid and the nature of justice, and takes readers on a headlong chase for deeper truths, even those that recede the closer she gets to them. Along the way, she lays bare the relationship between legal and political truths, and takes the reader on a roller coaster ride into the depths of the reporting process itself, exposing both the perils, and the profound necessity, of truth-seeking.”—Jill Leovy, author of Ghettoside


“This is a troubling, deeply felt piece of work. Van der Leun’s excellent reportage reveals that things are not what they seem in South Africa. The book is proof that apartheid has left behind a league of ghosts, Amy Biehl among them, and that the South Africa that Nelson Mandela envisioned remains a distant dream.”—James McBride


“This is a murder story told with the dramatic tension of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and the precision of the very best non-fiction reporting. Justine van der Leun obsessively investigated the killing of 26-year-old American Amy Biehl during the waning days of South African apartheid. Van der Leun takes her readers on hair-raising excursions into the mazes of backyard shacks where Biehl’s killers were raised and into the often-absurd world of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The writing is simply marvelous. She approaches her subject with the perfect mix of cynicism and compassion. Each page bursts with fresh insights—into the contradictions of modern-day South Africa as well as of the elusiveness of finding the absolute truth.”—Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy and Logavina Street


“We Are Not Such Things grants the reader an extraordinary and profound privilege: the capacity to inhabit fully a place, a history, a moment, a human heart. This is not just fine journalism but astonishing storytelling, and it is why we read. Justine van der Leun brings to the page a rare combination of muscular reporting, limitless curiosity, soulful vision, courage, and tenderness. She ceaselessly questions both herself and others. Through her gifts, you will feel as if you have traveled deep into a country you only thought you knew—South Africa—and become intimate with people in their most vulnerable, strange, beautiful moments. Like all the most impactful journeys one undertakes in life, you won't want to let go of this one, ever.”—Jeff Hobbs, author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace



“What an achievement! This absorbing account of the pursuit of the truth about an infamous and symbolic crime is consummate in its reach and penetration. The great undying issues in moral forensics are here: forgiveness, reparation, restorative justice, the role of untruth. The human portraiture, the included capsules of relevant history, the evocation of real life in the townships of the Cape – all are superbly done. The word brilliant applies to all aspects of the book. This unsparing but compassionate work will enlighten and shake its readers.”—Norman Rush