Photo: Lake Kivu, Rwanda. Copyright 1996. Clea Koff 
The Bone Woman

A Memoir

In the Spring of 1994, Rwanda was the scene of the first acts since World War II to be legally defined as genocide.

Two years later, Clea Koff, a twenty-three-year-old forensic anthropologist analyzing prehistoric skeletons in California, was one of sixteen scientists chosen by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal to go to Rwanda to unearth physical evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Bone Woman is Koff's riveting, intimate account of that mission and six subsequent missions she undertook to Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo on behalf of the UN.  It is, ultimately, a story filled with hope, humanity, and justice.



 


Press

"Chilling but mesmerizing...Koff's account is neither histrionic nor preachy; it's clear-eyed, hard-headed and straightforward...This book works so well, is so vivid and so moving, because Koff surrounds the dead bodies with living stories."
Bookpage, US

"Though stalwartly non-academic, this book is a must-read for students of forensic science, political science, international law and other disciplines that study or directly contribute to human rights investigations."  - 
The Globe and Mail, Canada

"...The most impressive book about politics that I read this year, Clea Koff's The Bone Woman: Among the Dead in Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo. Moving from one mass grave to the next, she uncovers what really happened." - Clive James in the Times Literary Supplement, UK

"It may be that this is the ultimate memoir of the post-Cold War decade...
a hugely important book."  - 
The Telegraph, UK



More press and reviews here.

If you're looking for Clea's mystery novel, Freezing, please visit

 
www.cleakoff.com






International Awards,
Commendations and Honors



PRIX LIVRE ET DROITS DE L'HOMME 2005
De la Ville de Nancy, presented by Jorge Semprun

AN INTERNATIONAL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2004
          Clive James in
The Times Literary Supplement, 3 December


BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2004
Jenny Crwys-Williams, Radio 702, 9 December - Photo

A BEST OF 2004
Booktrust

A BEST OF 2004
Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio

A BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2004
Andrea Levy in The Guardian

NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2004
Jenny Crwys-Williams, Radio 702, South Africa

TOP 20 SCIENCE BOOK OF 2004

BEST ORIGINAL SUBJECT, NON-FICTION 2004
Black Issues Book Review

EDITOR'S PICK 
Foreign Policy Association


Available in bookstores, libraries, and online
(including NOOK and Kindle in the USA)


Barnes and Noble (US)
           WHSmith (UK)       Angus&Robertson (Australia)

Amazon US                Amazon UK


Waterstones (UK)




Publications and Translations

UNITED STATES  -  Random House
The Bone Woman, 2004

CANADA  -  Knopf & Vintage Paperback
The Bone Woman, 2004

FRANCE  -  Editions Heloise d'Ormesson
La Memoire des os, 2005

GERMANY  -  Piper / Malik
Die Knochenfrau, 2004

AUSTRALIA  -  Hodder Headline Australia & Hachette Livres Australia Paperback
The Bone Woman, 2004 (and in New Zealand)

UNITED KINGDOM  -  Atlantic
The Bone Woman, 2004 (and in The Commonwealth, excl. Australia and New Zealand)
E-book coming soon - 2013/2014

THE NETHERLANDS  -  Sirene
De Bottenvrouw, 2004 (and in Flanders)

SPAIN  -  Editorial Planeta / Ediciones Martinez Roca
El lenguaje de los huesos, 2004

ARGENTINA  -  Emece Argentina
El lengauje de los huesos, 2004

DENMARK  -  Host & Son
Knoglekvinden, 2005

NORWAY  - 
Humanist Forlag
Knokkelkvinnen, 2006

ITALY  -  Sperling & Kupfer

La memoria della ossa, 2006

PORTUGAL  -  Bertrand / Quetzal Editores
A linguagem dos ossos, 2006

POLAND  -  Przedsiebiorstwo Wydawnicze Rzeczpolita SA
Pamiec Kosci, 2007



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