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I... Rigoberta Menchu : An Indian Woman In Guatemala
I Rigoberta Menchu An Indian Woman In Guatemala Author:Rigoberta Menchu, Elizabeth Burgos-DeBray (Editor), Ann Wright (Translator) Rigoberta Menchu is a young Guatemalan peasant woman, already famous in her country as a national leader, whose life vividly reflects the experiences common to so many Indian communities in Latin America. Faced with gross injustice and exploitation, she decided at an early age to learn Spanish and then turned to catechist activity as much as an ... more »expression of social revolt as of her deep religious belief. After the coming to power of the Garcia Lucas regime in 1978, her brother, father and mother were all killed in separate, horrifying incidents of savagery on the part of the army. The anthropologist Elizabeth Burgos-DeBray, herself a Latin American woman, decided to undertake an ambitious programme of interviews with Rigoberta Menchu. The result is a book unique in contemporary literature, which records the stuff of everyday life in a Guatemalan Indian community.
Rigoberta's words evoke the realities of social and political struggle, the different functions of religious and superstitious belief, and the effects on her of feminist and socialist ideologies. This is one of the few complete expressions of Indian self-knowledge since the Spanish conquest.
The struggle of this remarkable woman's personality, her gift fro striking expression and her passionate sense of justice illuminate the text of this moving book.
First published in 1983 as Me Llamo Rigoberta Menchu Y Asi Me Nacio La Concienca. First Verso edition 1984, translated from the Spanish by Ann Wright.