Crossing Borders




      Crossing Borders
The second installment of the life of the Nobel Peace prize winning activist Rigoberta Menchu is a worldwide symbol of courage in the continuing fight of indigenous peoples for justice The Guatemalan Indian leader first came to the world s attention with the publication of her autobiography I, Rigoberta Menchu in 1984 The book chronicled the terrible hardship of her childhood in Guatemala, including the murder of her brother, father and mother at the hands of a ruthless military But it also captured the dignity of Indian daily life in a cadence that was beautifully simple I, Rigoberta Menchu has become an international bestseller with one million copies in print In Crossing Borders, Menchu picks up her story where the first volume left off In 1981 she fled from Guatemala to Mexico City, deeply traumatized by the violence against her family and community She resolved to dedicate her life to the Indian cause and painstakingly built a solidarity movement with the Indians living as outlaws in Guatemala s mountains In 1988 she returned to Guatemala as a representative of the opposition in exile She was immediately arrested and was released only after an international outcry Danielle Mitterand and Desmond Tutu were amongst the leading names in an international campaign to secure the Nobel Peace Prize for Menchu which she was awarded in 1992 The long haul to build effective representation for indigenous peoples has taken Menchu around the world and its telling is a thread throughout this book But Crossing Borders is than an account of a political campaign In these pages Menchu also talks with deep affection about her mother and the traditions of her Mayan background In her introduction to I, Rigoberta Menchu the ethnologist Elizabeth Burgos Debray writes Her voice is so heart rendingly beautiful because it speaks to us of every facet of the life of a people and their oppressed culture Her story is overwhelming because what she has to say is simple and true In Crossing Borders that story continues to enchant and inspire. New Download [ Crossing Borders ] author [ Rigoberta Menchú ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk

Rigoberta Mench Tum Spanish pronunciation ri o erta men t u , born 9 January 1959 is an indigenous Guatemalan woman, of the K iche ethnic group Mench has dedicated her life to publicizing the plight of Guatemala s indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War 1960 1996 , and to promoting indigenous rights in the country She received the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize and Prince of Asturias Award in 1998 She is the subject of the testimonial biography I, Rigoberta Mench 1983 and the author of the autobiographical work, Crossing Borders.Mench is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador She has also become a figure in indigenous political parties and ran for President of Guatemala in 2007 and 2011 from Wikipedia

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  • Hardcover
  • 252 pages
  • Crossing Borders
  • Rigoberta Menchú
  • English
  • 24 September 2018
  • 1859848931

10 thoughts on “ Crossing Borders

  1. Sarah Jane says:

    This is the follow up to Rigoberta Mench s autobiography, which I have yet to readso, I sort of read it backwards In any case, I ve been reading a ton about the history of Guatemala during my time living here, and of course her work was some of the first on my list I finished the book within a couple of days and am truly glad I read itMany parts in the book brought me to tears She talks about winning the Nobel Peace Prize, loosing much of her family to the 36 year civil war in Guatemala This is the follow up to Rigoberta Mench s autobiography, which I have yet to readso, I sort of read it backwards In any case, I ve been reading a ton about the history of Guatemala during my time living here, and of course her work was some of the first on my list I finished ...

  2. Adrik says:

    This book is a companion to Rigoberta Mench s testimony but can also be read on its own She tells us of her experiences going into exile in Mexico and her visits to the UN in Geneva She includes reflections on Indigenous Peoples Rights, on the civil war in Guatemala and on Indigenous worldviews I also found her observations on the Rio de Janeiro summit in 1992 very interesting as she is critical of how the summit, which should have been focusing on climate change, seemed in some waysli This book is a companion to Rigoberta Mench s testimony but can also be read on its own She tells us of her experiences going into exile in Mexico and her visits to the UN in Geneva She inc...

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