I, Rigoberta Menchú

I, Rigoberta Menchú

An Indian Woman in Guatemala

Book - 2009
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From the Publisher: 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 feminist and socialist ideas. Above all, these pages are illuminated by the enduring courage and passionate sense of justice of an extraordinary woman.
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2009
Edition: 2nd English-language ed
ISBN: 9781844674459
Characteristics: xxiii, 294 p. : map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Burgos-Debray, Elisabeth


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Dec 23, 2015

This book was written when Rigoberta Menchu was 24. She was in Paris for a conference and spent a week telling her story to the author who then put it together in a comprehensible format with Rigoberta narrating the book.

I was fascinated by the cultural richness of Rigoberta's community, the way the community raised the children, the specific events in children's lives, the values, etc.

I knew something about how the Indians were treated but having this personal account gave me a much stronger impact into the details.

It is a very powerful book and a must read for anyone wanting to know more about recent Guatemalan history. I will be traveling there in February to visit Indian handicraft cooperatives. This was a good introduction to my visit.


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