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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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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The most influential reading of my adult life, by far. I cried and vomited as I read this book in college (that's how much of a reaction I had), and it may have contributed most to my ideals and ... Read full review

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Contents

The Family
1
Chapter III
18
Chapter VI
33
Chapter IX
50
Chapter XII
79
Chapter XIII
87
Chapter XV
102
Chapter XVI
117
Chapter XX
150
Chapter XXIII
163
Chapter XXV
183
Chapter XXVII
195
Chapter XXX
210
Chapter XXXII
227
Chapter XXXIV
242
Copyright

Chapter XVIII
131

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About the author (1984)

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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