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I, Rigoberta Menchú : an Indian woman in Guatemala

Author: Rigoberta Menchú; Elisabeth Burgos-Debray
Publisher: London : Verso, 1984. ©1984
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Menchú, Rigoberta.
I, Rigoberta Menchú.
London : Verso, ©1984
Named Person: Rigoberta Menchú; Rigoberta Menchú; Rigoberta Menchú; Rigoberta Menchu
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rigoberta Menchú; Elisabeth Burgos-Debray
ISBN: 0860917886 9780860917885 0860910830 9780860910831
Language Note: Translation of: Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia.
OCLC Number: 10895537
Description: xxi, 251, [1] pages : map ; 21 cm
Contents: The family --
Birth ceremonies --
The nahual --
First visit to the finca. Life in the finca --
First visit to Guatemala City --
An eight-year-old agricultural worker --
Death of her little brother in the finca. Difficulty of communicating with other Indians --
Life in the Altiplano. Rigoberta's tenth birthday --
Ceremonies for sowing time and harvest. Relationship with the earth --
The natural world. The earth, mother of man --
Marriage ceremonies --
Life in the community --
Death of her friend by poisoning --
A maid in the capital --
Conflict with the landowners and the creation of the CUC --
Period of reflection on the road to follow --
Self-defence in the village --
The Bible and self-defence : the examples of Judith, Moses and David --
Attack on the village by the army --
The death of Doña Petrona Chona --
Farewell to the community : Rigoberta decides to learn Spanish --
The CUC comes out into the open --
Political activity in other communities. Contacts with ladinos --
The torture and death of her little brother, burnt alive in front of members of his family and the community --
Rigoberta's father dies in the occupation of the Spanish embassy. Peasants march to the capital --
Rigoberta talks about her father --
Kidnapping and death of Rigoberta's mother --
Death --
Fiestas and Indian queens --
Lessons taught her by her mother : Indian women and ladino women --
Women and political commitment. Rigoberta renounces marriage and motherhood --
Strike of agricultural workers and the First of May in the capital --
In hiding in the capital. Hunted by the army --
Other Titles: Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia.
Indian woman in Guatemala
Responsibility: edited and introduced by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray ; translated by Ann Wright.


Interviews with a Guatemalan national leader discuss her country's political situation and the resulting violence, which has claimed the lives of her brother, mother, and father.  Read more...
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The stuff of everyday life in a Guatemalan Indian community. ""A fascinating and moving description of the culture of an entire people"" -- Times

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