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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I live near Chajul* in the north of El Quiche. The towns there all have long
histories of struggle. I have to walk six leagues, or 24 kilometres, from my house
to the town of Uspantan. The village is called Chimel,* I was born there. Where I
live is ...
All the workers live there together, with their dogs and cats, everything they bring
with them from the Altiplano. There are no divisions, they put us in any old how,
and with anybody. That's what life is like on the coast. Just one house to hold four
As my father said, unfortunately we don't live very long in Guatemala these days.
We usually live to about sixty, that's the life expectancy. People die early because
of the conditions we live in. But this woman was extraordinary. She was an ...
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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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