Rigoberta Menchú and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans

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Westview Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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In 'Rigoberta Menchú and The Story of All Poor Guatemalans', David Stoll uses their recollections and archival sources to establish a different portrait of the laureate’s village and the violence that destroyed it. Like the imagery surrounding Ché Guevara, Rigoberta’s 1982 story served the ideological needs of the urban left and kept alive the grand old vision of Latin American revolution. It shaped the assumptions of foreign human rights activists and the new multicultural orthodoxy in North American universities. But it was not the eyewitness account it purported to be, and enshrining it as the voice of the voiceless caricatured the complex feelings of Guatemalan Indians toward the guerrillas who claimed to represent them. At a time when Rigoberta’s people were desperate to stop the fighting, her story became a way to mobilize foreign support for a defeated insurgency.

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Rigoberta Mench 's autobiography, I, Rigoberta Mench (LJ 11/1/84), told the story of a Guatemalan Indian family who suffered horrific oppression from the Guatemalan military and elite. That book and ... Read full review

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The guy writes well but doesn't really know how to carry out a decent ethnography. His attempt to attack the leftist resistance forces in Guatemala and to portray them as having little popular support ... Read full review

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David Stoll teaches anthropology at Middlebury College. His other books include Is Latin America Turning Protestant? and Between Two Armies in the Ixil Towns of Guatemala.

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