Rigoberta Menchú

Anna Forné (Gothenburg University)
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When the Guatemalan political activist Rigoberta Menchú was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 “in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples” (The Nobel Peace Prize 1992) she was already well known internationally as the author of

Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia


I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

], first published in Spanish in 1983 and translated into English in 1994. In this highly acclaimed life-story, the Spanish subtitle of which can be translated as “and thus my consciousness was born" (“Y así me nació la conciencia”), Menchú recounts how she came to comprehend her individual experiences as communal, an awareness that fostered her…

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Citation: Forné, Anna. "Rigoberta Menchú". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 July 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13495, accessed 03 March 2024.]

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