Peter Godwin: When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa

(Memoir, 341 pp. 2007)

As journalist Godwin records the collapse of his native Zimbabwe, he is confronted with his father’s deathbed confession. The elder Godwin, who had always claimed to have been British, reveals himself to be a Polish Jew whose mother and sister were killed in Treblinka.

  • Discussion questions
  • ReviewKirkus, Feburary 1, 2007
  • Review: Joshua Hammer, Washington Monthly, 2007
  • Review by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, May 5, 2007
  • Review by Mark Gevisser, New York Times, June 17, 2007
  • Review by Jason Cowley, The Observer, March 3, 2007
  • Review by Anne Susskind, The Australian, Deember 16, 2006
  • Review by Arlene Getz, Newsweek, June 4, 2007
  • “Zimbabwe” from Wikipedia
  • Video lecture part 1 of 7 parts (14.31 min.) [Peter Godwin begins at 8:30]