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 remember it was pouring with rain, and we had nothing to protect ourselves from
the rain. It took us two days to make a roughly built hut out of leaves. We only had
those nylon sheets the peasants use to cover themselves in the rain. The first ...
This gave us a vision, a stronger idea of how we Christians must defend
ourselves. It made us think that a people could not be victorious without a just war
. We Indians do not dream of great riches, we want only enough to live on. There
is also ...
When we began to organise ourselves, we started using all the things we'd kept
hidden. Our traps — nobody knew about them because they'd been kept secret.
Our opinions — whenever a priest came to our village we all kept our mouths ...
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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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