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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 Rouges torturers but who, for a while, was Bizots 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.

About the Author

Francois Bizot is an ethnologist who has spent the greater part of his career studying Buddhism. He is the Director of Studies at Ecole Pratique des Hautes-etudes and holds the chair in Southeast Asian Buddhism at the Sorbonne. He lives in Paris.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375727238
Author:
Bizot, Francois
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
World History-Southeast Asia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 MAPS; 2 ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.6 in 0.5 lb

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