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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We burn it and it gives off a very strong smell: a smoke with a very rich, delicious,
aroma. We use the candle, water and lime a great deal in our ceremonies. We
use candles to represent the earth, water and maize, which is the food of man.
'My father said: "Some have to give their blood and some have to give their
strength; so while we can, we '11 give our strength ' '. ' — Rigoberta Menchu In
November of that same year, 1 979, 1 saw my father quite by chance. I'd gone to
danger because — 'Some people give their blood and some people give their
strength. So while we can, we must give our strength. In this hour of need, we
must look after our little lives very well so that they provide a source of strength for
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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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