Meditations on Death

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We measure the foreign news we hear by counting bodies, trying to measure death itself. The foreign correspondents who cover such stories are supposed to gather the facts, file their piece and move on. But those who study the issues of human rights are supposed to take a longer and more thoughtful view.

Michael Ignatieff has studied and written about wartime atrocities as a journalist and a researcher. But in his latest book, “Charlie Johnson in the Flames,” he has summoned the power of fiction to explore conflict’s many faces of death.

Hear a conversation with human rights scholar Michael Ignatiff about telling stories of war, conflict, and death through the power of fiction.


Michael Ignatieff, author of “Charlie Johnson in the Flames” and director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University.