I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala
Her story reflects the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America today. Rigoberta suffered gross injustice and hardship in her early life: her brother, father and mother were murdered by the Guatemalan military. She learned Spanish and turned to catechist work as an expression of political revolt as well as religious commitment. The anthropologist Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, herself a Latin American woman, conducted a series of interviews with Rigoberta Menchu. The result is a book unique in contemporary literature which records the detail of everyday Indian life. Rigoberta’s gift for striking expression vividly conveys both the religious and superstitious beliefs of her community and her personal response to feminist and socialist ideas. Above all, these pages are illuminated by the enduring courage and passionate sense of justice of an extraordinary woman.
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At the beginning things were very hard. They had only wild plants to eat, there
wasn't even any maize. But gradually, by working very hard, they managed to get
themselves a place up in the Altiplano. Nobody had worked the land there before
VIII LIFE IN THE ALTIPLANO. RIGOBERTA'S TENTH BIRTHDAY ' We Indians
never do anything which goes against the laws of our ancestors' — Rigoberta
Menchu Back in the Altiplano, we all set to work with our hoes. I remember from
The majority of people from the Altiplano had to go to the coast because there we
earned a little money. We couldn't use the wood and we had nothing to sow.
Many, many people went down to the coast. When nearly all the people from the
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And that's when my consciousness was born" By sally tarbox on 22 December 2017 Format: Kindle Edition The autobiography of a young Guatemalan peasant woman who went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής
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This was an interesting autobiography, or testimonial as Rigoberta calls it, but hard to read. The writing style is rather monotonous. In addition, the book is rather mired in controversy, ever since ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής
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