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I, Rigoberta Menchú : an Indian woman in Guatemala

Author: Rigoberta Menchú; Elisabeth Burgos-Debray
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Now a global bestseller, the remarkable life of Rigoberta Menchu, a Guatemalan peasant woman, reflects on the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America. Menchu 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 catechistic work as an expression of political revolt as well as religious  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Named Person: Rigoberta Menchú; Rigoberta Menchú
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rigoberta Menchú; Elisabeth Burgos-Debray
ISBN: 9781844674718 1844674711
OCLC Number: 854846128
Notes: Translation of: Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia.
Description: 1 online resource : 1 map
Contents: Translator's note --
Introduction --
1: Family --
2: Birth ceremonies --
3: Nahual --
4: First visit to the finca; life if the finca --
5: First visit to Guatemala City --
6: Eight-year-old agricultural worker --
7: Death of her little brother in the finca; difficulty of communicating with other Indians --
8: Life in the Altiplano; Rigoberta's tenth birthday --
9: Ceremonies for sowing time and harvest; relationships with the earth --
10: Natural world; the earth, mother of man --
11: Marriage ceremonies --
12: Life in the community --
13: Death of her friend by poisoning --
14: Maid in the capital --
15: Conflict with the landowners and the creation of the CUC --
16: Period of reflection on the road to follow --
17: Self-defence in the village --
18: Bible and self-defence: the examples of Judith, Moses and David --
19: Attack on the village by the army --
20: Death of Dona Petrona Chona --
21: Farewell to the community: Rigoberta decides to learn Spanish --
22: CUC comes out into the open --
23: Political activity in other communities; contacts with ladinos --
24: Torture and death of her little brother, burnt alive in front of members of his family and the community --
25: Rigoberta's father dies in the occupation of the Spanish embassy; peasants march to the capital --
26: Rigoberta talks about her father --
27: Kidnapping and death of Rigoberta's mother --
28: Death --
29: Fiestas and Indian queens --
30: Lessons taught her by her mother: Indian women and ladino women --
31: Women and political commitment; Rigoberta renounces marriage and motherhood --
32: Strike of agricultural workers and the first of May in the capital --
33: In hiding in the capital; hunted by the army --
34: Exile --
Acknowledgements --
Glossary --
Bibliography --
Further reading.
Other Titles: Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia.
Responsibility: edited and introduced by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray ; translated by Ann Wright.

Abstract:

Now a global bestseller, the remarkable life of Rigoberta Menchu, a Guatemalan peasant woman, reflects on the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America. Menchu 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 catechistic work as an expression of political revolt as well as religious commitment. Menchu vividly conveys the traditional 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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