The Gate by Francois Bizot

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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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François Bizot is the author of The Gate. He is an ethnologist who has spent the greater part of his career studying Buddhism. He is the director of studies at l'École Pratique des Hautes Études and holds the chair in Southeast Asian Buddhism at the Sorbonne. He lives in Paris.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 300 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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leaving our parents and our children in order to serve the revolution.” The Khmer Rouge were unimpressed, but at least they didn’t kill Bizot, who managed to get away in time to witness the fall of Phnom Penh and to organize an even more daring escape, this time with children in tow.

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The Gate by François Bizot, translated by Euan Cameron 308pp, Harvill, £16.99 Staring at crude, medieval torture instruments and the human skulls on display at the notorious Tuol Sleng genocide museum in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, I overheard a young Southeast Asian tourist say: "Did...

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The Gate by François Bizot, translated by Euan Cameron Vintage, £7.99 The phrase of François Bizot's which has been used in every single review of The Gate is: "I have written this book in a bitterness that knows no limit."

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The Gate by François Bizot Harvill £16.99, pp288 In 1975, the Khmer Rouge came to full power in Cambodia and began systematically to eliminate whole classes of society.

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