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Author Manz, Beatriz, 1944-

Title Paradise in ashes : a Guatemalan journey of courage, terror, and hope / Beatriz Manz ; with a foreword by Aryeh Neier
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004


Description 1 online resource (xix, 311 pages) : illustrations
Series California series in public anthropology ; 8
California series in public anthropology ; 8.
Contents Highland homeland -- Settling in the promised land -- The war finds paradise -- Ashes, exodus and faded dreams -- A militarized village -- Reunification -- Treading between fear and hope
Summary Paradise in Ashesis 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 Manzan anthropologist who spent over two decades studying the Mayan highlands and remote rain forests of Guatemalatells the story of the village of Santa María Tzejá, near the border with Mexico. Manz writes eloquently about Guatemala's tortured history and shows how the story of this villageits birth, destruction, and rebirthembodies 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 María Tzejá, 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 María Tzejá, where they sought to rebuild their village and their lives
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Ejército Guerrillero de los Pobres (Guatemala)
SUBJECT Ejército Guerrillero de los Pobres (Guatemala) fast
Subject Quiché Indians -- Crimes against -- Guatemala -- Santa María Tzejá
Quiché Indians -- Relocation -- Mexico
Massacres -- Guatemala -- Santa María Tzejá
Political violence -- Guatemala -- Santa María Tzejá
Civil-military relations -- Guatemala -- Santa María Tzejá
Return migration -- Guatemala -- Santa María Tzejá
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Civil-military relations
Political violence
Politics and government
Return migration
Social conditions
SUBJECT Santa María Tzejá (Guatemala) -- Social conditions
Santa María Tzejá (Guatemala) -- Politics and government
Subject Guatemala -- Santa María Tzejá
Quiché (Volk)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780520939325