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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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 practically a paradise, the country is so
merits and the people of the town played them themselves. There are dances in
which the Indian represents how he repelled the Spaniards. We call it the 'Dance
of the Conquest.' The Indians put on white or red masks to represent the ...
by friends, or some committee or organisation in the town itself, or by the
municipality, that is, the authorities. So it's not the ordinary people, not the Indian
people, who choose. As most ladinos are found in the towns in Guatemala, the
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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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