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In 1971 a young French ethnologist named Francois Bizot was taken prisoner by forces of the Khmer Rouge who kept him chained in a jungle camp for months before releasing him. Four years later Bizot became the intermediary between the now victorious Khmer Rouge and the occupants of the besieged French embassy in Phnom Penh, eventually leading a desperate convoy of foreigners to safety across the Thai border.

Out of those ordeals comes this transfixing book. At its center lies the relationship between Bizot and his principal captor, a man named Douch, who is today known as the most notorious of the Khmer Rouge's torturers but who, for a while, was Bizot's protector and friend. Written with the immediacy of a great novel, unsparing in its understanding of evil, The Gate manages to be at once wrenching and redemptive.

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Francois Bizot's memoir of the 'killing fields' of Cambodia is a contemporary classic - the perfectly recalled, bitterly meditative account of one man's journey through a world gone mad.

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Paperback edition of this far-reaching memoir based on Bizot's experiences in the 'killing fields' of Cambodia. Foreword by John le Carre. "Compelling - at once beautiful, startling, gentle and nerve-wracking" "Daily Telegraph"

Product Details

ISBN:
9780099449195
Author:
BIZOT, FRANCOIS
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
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Subject:
World History-Southeast Asia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
NEW ED
Publication Date:
20040205
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
285
Dimensions:
200 x 130 in.

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Product details 285 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780099449195 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Francois Bizot's memoir of the 'killing fields' of Cambodia is a contemporary classic - the perfectly recalled, bitterly meditative account of one man's journey through a world gone mad.
"Synopsis" by , Paperback edition of this far-reaching memoir based on Bizot's experiences in the 'killing fields' of Cambodia. Foreword by John le Carre. "Compelling - at once beautiful, startling, gentle and nerve-wracking" "Daily Telegraph"

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