By W. George Lovell
Though a 1996 peace accord introduced a proper finish to a clash that had lasted for thirty-six years, Guatemala's violent previous keeps to scar its stricken current and turns out destined to hang-out its doubtful destiny. George Lovell brings to this revised and improved version of A attractiveness That Hurts a long time of fieldwork all through Guatemala, in addition to archival learn. He locates the roots of clash in geographies of inequality that arose in the course of colonial instances and have been exacerbated by way of the force to enhance Guatemala's assets within the 19th and early 20th centuries. The strains of war of words have been entrenched after a decade of socioeconomic reform among 1944 and 1954 observed modernizing projects undone by means of an army coup subsidized via U.S. pursuits and the CIA. A United international locations fact fee has demonstrated that civil conflict in Guatemala claimed the lives of extra that 200,000 humans, nearly all of them indigenous Mayas.
Lovell weaves documentation approximately what occurred to Mayas specifically in the course of the struggle years with money owed in their tricky own events. in the meantime, an intransigent elite and a strong army proceed to learn from the inequalities that prompted armed rebel within the first position. susceptible and corrupt civilian governments fail to impose the rule of thumb of legislation, therefore making sure that Guatemala continues to be an embattled state the place postwar violence and drug-related crime undermine any semblance of orderly, peaceable life.
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Additional info for A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala, Second Revised Edition (The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies)
All three men spent long and distinguished careers studying indigenous cultures in Guatemala and other parts of the Americas. As part of the decolonization of academic life in Guatemala, Jacaltenango is now being written about not by visiting anthropologists but by one of its native sons. Before he himself trained and became accredited in the discipline while studying in the United States, Victor Montejo engaged local lore and storytelling in two books, El Kanil: Man of Lightning (1984) and The Bird Who Cleans the World (1991).
Es raro,” Paulino says. “It’s strange. We know who killed my father. They are our neighbors. ” He gestures with his arms this way and that, aware that his grandmother is listening. “When we meet them out walking, we still say hello,” he says. “We talk 35 A Beaut y That Hurts with them, but not about my father. He’s never mentioned. We talk about other things: animals, the price of food, the rain, how the corn is doing. They know that we know. But they never have been brought to trial. ” Doña Magdalena sighs, picks up her trenza, and starts to weave.
The drone of marimba music was a fitting lament. Knowing that the children were still in school—I had heard a class chant a multiplication table as I walked past—I returned to wait in the playground. During recess I asked a teacher if he could help me identify one of Paulino’s boys or girls. “I’ve been out to the house,” I explained, “but no one’s home. I’d like to pay my respects. ” The teacher helped me locate the eldest of Paulino’s daughters. “My father is working in Santa Cruz and won’t be back until dark,” she told me.
A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala, Second Revised Edition (The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies) by W. George Lovell