Rigoberta Menchú (1873 words)

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 …

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 17 May 2022.]

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