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

Paradise in Ashes A Guatemalan Journey of Courage Terror and Hope Paradise in Ashes is a deeply engaged and moving account of the violence and repression that defined the murderous Guatemalan civil war of the s In this compelling book Beatriz Manz an anthropolo

  • Title: Paradise in Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror, and Hope
  • Author: Beatriz Manz Aryeh Neier
  • ISBN: 9780520246751
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 a Tzej , near the border with MeParadise 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 a Tzej , 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 a Tzej , 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 a Tzej , where they sought to rebuild their village and their lives.

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    1. Imbedded, activist anthropology narrating the story of one Guatemalan rainforest village much in the words of participants and her own frequent visit. She follows the same people from collective imagining on lowland plantations to the arduous founding in no-man's land in the jungle with hope and care; onto the generally mutually supportive interaction between autonomous, self-reliant villagers and the guerrilla movement based near their home; and then, to the genocidal massacre in which the Guat [...]

    2. Everyone needs to read this book 1) because there is not enough discussion or acknowledgement of the genocide in Guatemala and 2) because the story of survival and determination is incredibly inspiring and moving.

    3. I received this book as a Christmas present and didn't stop reading from the moment I picked it up, finishing in 4 days flat. The book is an excellent ethnographic account of a modern, majority-Mayan Guatemalan village that spans decades. It begins in the 1970s, as highland villagers fleeing oppression and poverty in their home region settle the village in the Ixcan region. Through hardwork, they are able to develop a model cooperative town in which they are able, despite the continued hardship, [...]

    4. The job of an ethnographer seems to be to call them as she sees them and this is exactly what Beatrice Manz does in this moving and frightening book. The land tenure system she describes in Guatemala is unbelievable to outsiders--the plight of peasants there is comparable to that faced by African-American citizens in the south after the end of Reconstruction. The law was what the landowners said it was and they had state power to back it up. In Guatemala this incuded the police, the army and sem [...]

    5. Well written, compelling, and, as Paul Farmer likes to say 'historically deep and geographically broad" account of a small Guatemalan community over half a century of repressions, migrations, and war. This is by far an outstanding piece of anthropological work, the result of more than 30 years of fieldwork and of tremendous historical background research. Mantz, as any good anthropologist, puts the personal lives of the small Guatemalan community into perspective and also places world history an [...]

    6. This was a hard but necessary book to read as I traveled through Guatemala recently. While I was most interested in the thread of village life between the pressures of both the guerrillas and the military, I was also interested in her discussion of anthropological approaches and the role of memory.

    7. Explores advocacy anthropology and the genocide in Guatemala. Manz is an excellent author and a truly courageous woman.

    8. Very difficult to read due to the horrors that took place in Guatemala during the 70s and 80s, but necessary to remember so that we can prevent it in the future. I strongly recommend this book.

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