The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda

The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda

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From a new star of American journalism, a riveting murder mystery that reveals the forces roiling today’s Africa

From Rwanda to Sierra Leone, African countries recovering from tyranny and war are facing an impossible dilemma: to overlook past atrocities for the sake of peace or to seek catharsis through tribunals and truth commissions. Uganda chose the path of forgetting: after Idi Amin’s reign was overthrown, the new government opted for amnesty for his henchmen rather than prolonged conflict.

Ugandans tried to bury their history, but reminders of the truth were never far from view. A stray clue to the 1972 disappearance of Eliphaz Laki led his son to a shallow grave—and then to three executioners, among them Amin’s chief of staff. Laki’s discovery resulted in a trial that gave voice to a nation’s past: as lawyers argued, tribes clashed, and Laki pressed for justice, the trial offered Ugandans a promise of the reckoning they had been so long denied.

For four years, Andrew Rice followed the trial, crossing Uganda to investigate Amin’s legacy and the limits of reconciliation. At once a mystery, a historical accounting, and a portrait of modern Africa, The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget is above all an exploration of how—and whether—the past can be laid to rest.

Title:The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780805079654
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    The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda Reviews

  • J.

    Nearly flawless account of a cold-blooded political killing in Uganda in the time of Amin, and a view of the shifting perspectives that tend to obscure this kind of history, wherever it happens. Attem...

  • Laura

    Africa the place is forever obscured by the shadow of Africa the notion. If one historical figure could be said to embody the continent as it is stereotypically imagined—dark, dangerous, atavistic a...

  • Melina

    Is it better to forgive and forget, forgive and remember, or not to forgive at all? Is the cost of justice higher than that of peace? These are among the questions journalist Andrew Rice grapples with...

  • Leslie Street

    When I was a junior in college, I checked out every single book that the Lee Library held in its collection that discussed Idi Amin. For weeks, I had nightmares about ending up a prisoner in one of h...

  • whynnot

    "Okay... finally figured out what you like..."That's how the book came my way and I've loved every bit of it. It takes something that was sketchy and vividly brings it to life. I loved how the backgro...

  • Calzean

    This is a book that needed a bit of reorganising and a clear focus. It's a mixture of the history of Uganda, a specific murder under Amin and the court case 30 years later, and lastly of the dilemma o...

  • Bob Allen

    Fascinating book on Uganda. If you want to understand the psyche of 21st century Ugandans — how their history and various cultures shape their current worldview — this is a **GREAT** book to read....

  • Mikey B.

    This book examines the disappearance (and death) of a son’s father in 1972 at both the micro and macro level. We follow the struggle of the son to probe his father’s disappearance over many years ...

  • Alex

    The author took the time to illustrate where each of the "characters" (this is nonfiction) came from -- even going back through the history of the formation of Uganda and the idea of tribes and tribal...

  • Laurie

    Before I went to Uganda, four years ago, I tried to read every book available on the country. I don't know if I was just a bad researcher - but I found very little material - and much of it was outdat...