A Human Abbatoir. "The Child of an Ancient People", by Anouar Benmalek (trans Andrew Riemer) [review]
"The Child of an Ancient People" is dedicated to the memory of Truganini and her people, the victims of what, Benmalek says, is 'a perfect genocide: its victims forgotten, the murderers free of blame'. Though there is a note of hope in the ending, the novel is evidently intended to register, via the vehicle of historical fiction, a fierce protest on behalf of all the dispossessed and persecuted indigenous peoples of the modern world. And on its own uncompromising terms, it succeeds.