Music Through the Dark

Music Through the Dark

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So begins the extraordinary story of one man's experience of Cambodia's holocaust during the 1970s. As Anne Frank did in her Diary, Daran Kravanh takes readers into the heart of a horrifying tragedy -- one that claimed the lives of his parents and seven siblings and as many as three million other Cambodians. Among those murdered were thousands of intellectuals and artists; as a musician, Daran was himself a target for execution, but it was his talent for playing the accordion that saved his life. Throughout the Khmer Rouge period, the accordion became for Daran a seemingly enchanted instrument through which the spirit of life traveled.In this celebration of life, the drowning children were saved and the boys and girls paired up and swam off together to the shore where they ... We played together and he sang in my ear the old songs of Cambodia, love songs, French songs, songs to make people dance. We played funny songs that made us tumble over in laughter and lullabies a mother sings to quiet her babies and put them to sleep.

Title:Music Through the Dark
Author:Bree Lafreniere, Daran Kravanh
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press - 2000-01


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