Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bophana by Elizabeth Becker

This afternoon I read a very impressive and touching book, which I bought during my last stay in Phnom Penh.

Bophana is the true story of the young woman who became a rare heroine of the Khmer Rouge era by refusing to abandon her love for her husband. Bophana's unforgettable life and death brings the story of Cambodia's war and Khmer Rouge revolution into full and intimate detail.

Elisabeth Becker retrieved her file and letters of her and her husband from the Khmer Rouge torture center and introduced Bophana to the world, inspiring the award-winning film by Rithy Panh that in turn helped make Bophana something of the Anne Frank of Cambodia. Cambodia's film archive, the Bophana Institute, is named in her honor.

A book I really can recommend to read, a important historic document.

1 comment:

  1. Must be a emotional reading, as I read Anne Franks diary and was deeply touched of her words and sad destiny.