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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She came to my home one evening in January 1982. She was wearing traditional
costume, including a multicoloured huipil with rich and varied embroide'ry; the
patterns were not symmetrical and one could have been forgiven for assuming ...
I remember that my clothes were worn out because I'd been working in the finca:
my corte was really dirty and my huipil very old. I had a little perraje, the only one
I owned. I didn't have any shoes. I didn't even know what wearing shoes was ...
I was really worried. At about half past eleven, she called me again and took me
into a room. She said: 'I'm going to give you two month's pay in advance and you
must buy yourself a huipil, a new corte, and a pair of shoes, because you put me
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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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