I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

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Verso, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 251 pages
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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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Review: I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

User Review  - Brenda Srof - Goodreads

I have learned through friends and other readings about the plight of Guatemalan Indians during the 1970s-1980s. However, this book provides a sobering first-hand account of the abuses and torture ... Read full review

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User Review  - Molly - Goodreads

I don't always identify with Rigoberta, what with her disdain for family planning, her embracing of the oppressor's religion and her alienating if well earned self righteousness. But the injustices ... Read full review

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Rigoberta Menchú received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her efforts to end the oppression of indigenous peoples in Guatemala.

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