I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

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Verso Books, Jan 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Now a global bestseller, the remarkable life of Rigoberta Menchú, a Guatemalan peasant woman, reflects on the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America. Menchú 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. Menchú 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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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 ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

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Contents

The family
1
Birth ceremonies
7
The nahual
20
First visit to the finca Life in the finca
23
First visit to Guatemala City
31
An eightyearold agricultural worker
37
Death of her little brother in the finca Difficulty of communicating with other Indians
43
Life in the Altzplano Rigobertas tenth birthday
49
Attack on the village by the army
166
The death of Dona Petrona Chona
176
The CUC comes out into the open
184
Political activity in other communities
191
The torture and death of her little brother burnt
201
Rigobertas father dies in the occupation of
214
Rigoberta talks about her father
220
Kidnapping and death of Rigobertas mother
229

Ceremonies for sowing time and harvest Relationships with the earth
58
The natural World The earth mother of man
65
Marriage ceremonies
69
Life in the community
93
Death of her friend by poisoning
103
A maid in the capital
108
Conflict with the landowners and the creation
121
Period of reflection on the road to follow
138
Moses and David
154
Death
236
Women and ladino Women
247
Women and political commitment Rigoberta
259
Strike of agricultural Workers and the First
267
In hiding in the capital Hunted by the army
278
Exile
284
Acknowledgements
290
Further Reading
296
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About the author (2010)

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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