Our Word Is Our Weapon

ISBN-10: 1583224726

ISBN-13: 9781583224724

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List price: $24.95
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 5/7/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 522
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Jos� Saramago was born on November 16, 1922. He spent most of his childhood on his parent's farm, except while attending school in Lisbon. Before devoting himself exclusively to writing novels in 1976, he worked as a draftsman, a publisher's reader, an editor, translator, and political commentator for Diario de Lisboa. He is indisputably Portugal's best-known literary figure and his books have been translated into more than 25 languages. Although he wrote his first novel in 1947, he waited some 35 years before winning critical acclaim for work such as the Memorial do Convento. His works include The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, The Stone Raft, Baltasar and Blimunda, The History of the Siege of Lisbon, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, and Blindness. At age 75, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998 for his work in which "parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony, continually enables us to apprehend an elusory reality." He died from a prolonged illness that caused multiple organ failure on June 18, 2010 at the age of 87.

Ana Carrigan worked in film and video in El Salvador and Nicaragua throughout the 1980s. She is the author of two definitive books on El Salvador and Colombia: "Salvador Witness, The Life and Calling of Jean Donovan" and "The Palace of Justice: A Colombian Tragedy". She is a freelance reporter and an editorial contributor to "The Nation" and "In These Times". She reports from Colombia for "The Irish Times" and "The Sunday Boston Globe". Carrigan lives in New York City and is currently writing a memoir for Seven Stories Press.

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Chiapas, a Name of Pain and Hope
Editor's Note: Traveling Back for Tomorrow
Unveiling Mexico
Names the Unnamed
Twelve Women in the Twelfth Year: The Moment of War
War! First Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle
Dying in Order to Live
In Our Dreams We Have Seen Another World
Votan-Zapata or Five Hundred Years of History
A Storm and a Prophecy--Chiapas: The Southeast in Two Winds
Who Should Ask for Pardon and Who Can Grant It?
Five Hundred Years of Indigenous Resistance
Second Declaration of the Lacondon Jungle
The Long Journey from Despair to Hope
Mr. Zedillo, Welcome to the Nightmare
Come, Brothers and Sisters
The Word and the Silence
Fourth Declaration of the Lacondon Jungle (excerpt)
Closing Words to the National Indigenous Forum (excerpt)
Today, Eighty-Five Years Later, History Repeats Itself
The Unjust Sentencing of Elorriaga and Entzin
Opening Remarks at the First Intercontinental Encuentro for Humanity and against Neoliberalism
Tomorrow Begins Today: Closing Remarks at the First Intercontinental Encuentro for Humanity and against Neoliberalism
Second Declaration of La Realidad for Humanity and against Neoliberalism
Civil Society That So Perturbs
The Spiral from the End and the Beginning
An Urgent Telegram
Do the Pictures Lie?
For Those Who Protest with Us after Acteal
The Sea of My Insomnia: The Table at San Andres
Tlatelolco: Thirty Years Later the Struggle Continues
Under Siege: The Zapatista Community of Amador Hernandez
A Play (ha!) That Says What It Says
Mexico City: We Have Arrived. We Are Here: The EZLN
The Other Player
Why We Use the Weapon of Resistance
One World
Flowers, Like Hope, Are Harvested
From Vietnam to Chiapas, Twenty Years Before
A Call to Latin America
On Independent Media
From Here to There and Back Again
On May Day and Tupac Amaru
This Ocean No Longer Separates Us
Letter to Mumia Abu-Jamal
"No!" to the War in the Balkans
For Maurice Najman, Who Keeps Feigning Death
Letter to Leonard Peltier
Beneath the Mask
To Open a Crack in History
We Know What We're Doing; It is Worth It
The Library of Aguascalientes
The Retreat Is Making Us Almost Scratch the Sky
Death Has Paid a Visit
A Year of the Zapatista Government
Zapatistas, Guadalupanos, and the Virgin of Guadalupe
A Land to Harvest a Future
Letter to Eduardo Galeano
Letter to John Berger
Dignity Cannot Be Studied; You Live It or It Dies
It Continues Raining Here
Democratic Teachers and the Zapatista Dream
Closing Words at the National Encuentro in Defense of the Cultural Heritage
Creating Memory
Tales for a Sleepless Solitude--The Stories of Don Durito
Ten Years Later: Durito Found Us Again
To Mariana Moguel (age ten)
The Glass to See to the Other Side
Deep Inside the Cave of Desire
Durito and Pegasus
The Story of the Tiny Mouse and the Tiny Cat
The Story of the Cold Foot and the Hot Foot
The Story of the Bean-brown Horse
Love and the Calendar
Another Cloud, Another Bottle, and Another Letter from Durito
P.S...that Fulfills Its Editorial Duty
Durito the Pirate
The Hour of the Little Ones
The True Story of Mary Read and Anne Bonny
Tales of Many Others
The Tale of the Ever Never
The Parrot's Victory
Tales of the Seahorse
The Tale of the Little Seamstress
The Tale of the Little Newsboy
The Tale of the Little Wisp of a Cloud
The Story of the Schizophrenic Pig
The Tale of the Lime with an Identity Crisis
The Tale of the Nonconformist Little Toad
The Tale of the Pink Shoelaces
The Tale of Always and Never
The Little Tree and the Others
A Light, a Flower, and a Dawn
The Words That Walk Truths
Old Don Antonio
The Story of the Colors
The Story of the Mirrors
The Story of Dreams
The Story of the Seven Rainbows
The Story of Noise and Silence
Making the Bread Called Tomorrow
The Story of the Others
The Tale of the Lion and the Mirror
The Story of the Measure of Memory
The Story of One and All
The Dawn Is Heralding Heat and Flashes
The Story of the Milky Way
The Story of the False Light, the Stone, and the Corn
The Night Is Ours
The Story of the Questions
Afterword: Chiapas, the First Postmodern Revolution
Zapatista Timeline
Bibliography
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