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ISBN: 1844674452 / ISBN-13: 9781844674459

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

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The best-selling account of the life of Latin American peasant woman and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala (Verso) – Hardcover (2010)
    by Rigoberta Menchu, Elisabeth Burgos-Debray (Editor), Ann Wright (Translator)

    I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

    Hardcover, Verso
    2010
    English
    294 pages

    ISBN: 1844674452
    ISBN-13: 9781844674459

    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 ... Show more

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Reviews of I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

Overall customer rating: 2.500
PVSVCV

Why Bother?

by PVSVCV on Aug 28, 2010

Mired in controversy? The book turns out to be a work of fiction. Why bother reading it, especially if it's been assigned to you by a college professor as "multicultural" reading. A) It doesn't do anything to inform one about the prevailing culture of Guatemala and B) it's not even true.

andidextruss

Difficult but Necessary History

by andidextruss on Sep 13, 2008

Much has been made of evaluating this history of the populist Guatemalan labor uprising in terms of a Western "memoir" narrative structure, and judging it in terms of an American academic "truth." The real push of this work is it's very fact of existence: the possibility for a woman whose life has positioned her as marginalized on almost all fronts: age, gender, language (speaking Quiché in a country where the language of bureaucracy is Spanish), land rights, etc. Yet she has delivered her life story of struggle and political organization (albeit through a Spanish-to-English translation and reorganization) to a wider audience. It is not easy to read this book, as it confronts one with the violence, manipulation, and suffering that always accompany indigenous movements towards solidarity, but it is fine if our foundations are shaken or consciousness disrupted if it means that we have more understanding of the importance of poor women of color's life work.

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