Paradise in Ashes A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror, and Hope

ISBN-10: 0520246756
ISBN-13: 9780520246751
Edition: 2005
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 330
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254

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 Mariacute;a Tzejaacute;, 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 Mariacute;a Tzejaacute;, 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 Mariacute;a Tzejaacute;, where they sought to rebuild their village and their lives.

Beatriz Manz, born in Chile, is Professor of Geography and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Refugees of a Hidden War: The Aftermath of Counterinsurgency in Guatemala (1988).

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Maps
Introduction
The Highland Homeland
Setting in the Promised Land
The War Finds Paradise
Ashes, Exodus, and Faded Dreams
A Militarized Village
Reunification
Treading between Fear and Hope
Notes
Bibliography

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