Paradise in Ashes

Paradise in Ashes

A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror, and Hope

Book - 2004
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Paradise in Ashes is a deeply engaged and moving account of the violence and repression that defined the murderous Guatemalan civil war of the 1980s. In this compelling book, Beatriz Manz--an anthropologist who spent over two decades studying the Mayan highlands and remote rain forests of Guatemala--tells the story of the village of Santa Mar#65533;a Tzej#65533;, near the border with Mexico. Manz writes eloquently about Guatemala's tortured history and shows how the story of this village--its birth, destruction, and rebirth--embodies the forces and conflicts that define the country today.

Drawing on interviews with peasants, community leaders, guerrillas, and paramilitary forces, Manz creates a richly detailed political portrait of Santa Mar#65533;a Tzej#65533;, where highland Maya peasants seeking land settled in the 1970s. Manz describes these villagers' plight as their isolated, lush, but deceptive paradise became one of the centers of the war convulsing the entire country. After their village was viciously sacked in 1982, desperate survivors fled into the surrounding rain forest and eventually to Mexico, and some even further, to the United States, while others stayed behind and fell into the military's hands. With great insight and compassion, Manz follows their flight and eventual return to Santa Mar#65533;a Tzej#65533;, where they sought to rebuild their village and their lives.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780520246751
0520246756
9780520240162
0520240162
Call Number: 972.8105 M3199p
Characteristics: xix, 311 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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