ROLINE REDMOND WINS 2022 BRUSSE PRIZE – •

Here’s a submit by Peter Jordens on Surinamese anthropologist Roline Redmond, writer of De Doorsons: Op zoek naar een Afro-Amerikaanse slavenfamilie in het Caribisch gebied [De Doorsons: In Search of an African American Slave Family in the Caribbean] and winner of the Brusse Prize.

NOS stories that this yr, [Surinamese anthropologist] Roline Redmond has received the Brusse Prize for one of the best journalism e-book within the Dutch language, for De Doorsons: Op zoek naar een Afro-Amerikaanse slavenfamilie in het Caribisch gebied [De Doorsons: In Search of an African American Slave Family in the Caribbean]The jury made the announcement throughout the radio program referred to as NOS Met het Oog op Morgen. The Prize comes with a money award of 10,000 Euros.

“I hope that thirty years from now, individuals will know a bit extra about Surinamese historical past”, was Redmond’s first response when she was introduced because the winner.

Within the e-book, Redmond describes the roots and historical past of her personal Surinamese household. She labored on it for ten years. “I began as a result of my mom, simply earlier than she was not in a position to discuss, had requested me to doc the historical past of the household,” she defined in NOS Met het Oog op Morgen. “It was not straightforward. My ancestors have been slaves in Suriname. We do not need archives of slaves. The slaves didn’t have a reputation. They have been ‘commodities.’ To find out, beneath such circumstances, who got here earlier than your dad and mom was a really tough course of.”

In accordance with the jury of the journalism e-book prize, Redmond’s e-book is “an amazing instance of oral historical past, and journalism in its purest type […] wherein the wrestle and seek for reality and new information turns into tangible for the reader.” “The reader travels together with the writer, step-by-step — an writer who finally ends up telling the story of her ancestors with refreshing objectivity, thereby fulfilling her mom’s task. The historical past of slavery is documented such that it turns into seen, and furthermore, is not going to be forgotten.”

For her e-book, Redmond spoke with family members, amongst others, and traveled to Suriname for this goal. “If I hadn’t, they could go away after which there wouldn’t be anybody left to inform our household’s story,” she stated. Even so, there weren’t many tales left, as a result of individuals didn’t prefer to look to the previous. “The individuals who have been left would maintain their mouth shut. They wished to maneuver on. It harm an excessive amount of to inform these tales.”

The jury, led by Joost Oranje, NOS Nieuws and Nieuwsuur coordinator for investigative journalism, considers all 5 books that have been nominated for the Brusse Prize to be of top of the range. However based on the judges, Redmond’s e-book will “nonetheless have that means in ten years’ time.”. “It presents perception and describes one of the vital mentioned matters of our time. […] As a chronicler, the writer matches within the custom of Rie Brusse, after whom the Prize is called. This e-book just isn’t solely about archives and information, however above all, about individuals, as Brusse exemplified.” […]

For the whole, unique article (in Dutch), go to https://nos.nl/index.php/artikel/2433212-roline-redmond-wint-brusseprijs-voor-beste-journalistieke-boek. Translation by Peter Jordens.

The successful e-book:

De Doorsons: Op zoek naar een Afro-Amerikaanse slavenfamilie in het Caribisch gebied

Roline Redmond

Amsterdam: De Arbeiderspers, 2021

424 pages

ISBN 978-9029543651 (pb)

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