Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, ed.
The Enduring Courage of an Extraordinary Woman
This book recounts the remarkable life of Rigoberta Menchu,
a young Guatemalan peasant woman. 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
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.
Rigoberta Menchu Tum is the winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace
Prize for her work as a campaigner for human rights, especially
for indigenous peoples.
Softcover / 242 pages / Dimensions: 0.76” x 9.13”
BOK-216 I, Rigoberta Menchu……….$20.00