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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My father fought for twenty-two years, waging a heroic struggle against the
landowners who wanted to take our land and our neighbours' land. After many
years of hard work, when our small bit of land began yielding harvests and our
That was the vengeance of the landowner on the peasants because we wouldn't
give up our land. All the maize cobs they found in the tapanco, they threw away.
Afterwards all the peasants had to work together to collect them up. We did it ...
In five or eight years our land would yield its fruit. Two and a half years went by
when we saw the engineers on our land again, shouting, measuring, with the
landowners' guards. Now, not only the Martinez' and the Garcias, but the Brols
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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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