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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With maize, for instance, the seeds for the coming year are picked out as soon as
the cobs start to grow. We choose them and put a mark on them. The cob is
peeled or left in its leaves but those grains are taken off, and the big ones are ...
The mazorca is the body of the maize, the cob. The tuza is the leaf which
envelopes the cob, especially when it's dry. The xilote is the core. That's why we
called it xilotear when the fruit begins to grow. Maize is used for food and for drink
, and ...
At night they went into our maize fields to dig up our potatoes, cut off the maize
cobs and young beans, and ate very well. They cut any cobs they wanted. For us
this was violating our culture, because we Indians have to perform a ceremony ...
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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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