When the Clouds Fell from the Sky: a Daughter's Search for Her Father, Lost in the Killing Fields of Cambodia by
Call Number: DS554.83.K48 C37 2019
Publication Date: 2019 (London : Robinson)
Carmichael, journalist and foreign correspondent, has woven together the stories of five people whose lives intersected to traumatic effect: Comrade Duch, head of S-21 prison; Ouk Ket, a diplomat recalled from Paris to Cambodia: Ouk Ket's daughter, Neary, who was just two when her father disappeared ; Ket's French wife, Martine; and Ket's cousin Sady, who never left Cambodia and still lives there today. Through these personal stories, the author's own research, numerous interviews and months spent following Duch's trial, Carmichael extrapolates from the experience of one man to tell the story of a nation. In doing so, he reaffirms the value of the individual, countering the Khmer Rouge's nihilistic maxim that: 'To keep you is no benefit, to destroy you is no loss.'