I wrote this book to make him live again.

NPR's Lynn Neary interviews Vaddey Ratner on Morning Edition

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I did not want the voice of atrocity to be bigger than the voice of humanity.

Marty Moss-Coane interviews Vaddey Ratner on Radio Times, Philadelphia public radio

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Cambodia . . . can make a poet out of you, because you are privy to so much tragedy and so much beauty.

When facts fail us, when reality becomes too harsh to bear. . . what can we hang onto?

As a survivor, I feel, I enter art to save—to immortalize—those I could not protect as a child.

Books were my teachers.

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A single sentence can unravel a decade of mystery.

I wanted to be a writer as soon as I became aware of the written language.


A story of tragedy, loss, and perseverance is a human story, not confined to Cambodia alone.