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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Some of us wash the nixtamal, others make the fire to heat water for the coffee or
whatever. In our house there were a lot of us — my elder sister, my mother,
myself, and my sister-in-law, my elder brother's wife. So there were four women ...
The men tie up the dogs in the corrales where the animals are and the women
fetch water to wash the nixtamal and washing pots, chop wood, and prepare the
torches for the night. We prepare all our things for the next day to save time in the
I could wash the nixtamal. She taught me to wash it and to make it. When 1 was
older she explained that there were certain things you mustn't walk over — a
plate or a cup, for instance — and not to walk over the maize since maize is our
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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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