The Girl from Chimel

The Girl from Chimel

By Rigoberta Menchu; Domi (Illustrator); David Unger (Translator)

Groundwood Books, Hardcover, 9780888996664, 54pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2005

Description

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Mayan activist Rigoberta Menchú brings the world of her earliest childhood vividly to life in this colorful book. Before the war in Guatemala and despite the hardships that the Mayan people endured, life in the Mayan villages of the highlands had a beauty and integrity. This was forever changed by the conflict and brutal genocide that was to come. Menchú’s stories of her grandparents and parents, of the natural world that surrounded her, and her retelling of the stories that she was told present a rich, humorous, and engaging portrait of that lost world. Domi draws on the Mayan landscape and rich craftwork to create the stunning illustrations that complement this engaging story.



About the Author
Rigoberta Menchu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her efforts to end the oppression of indigenous peoples in Guatemala.

Domi is a self-taught artist and runs a major studio that produces pottery and engravings.

David Unger is an award winning poet, writer and translator. Among the notable books Unger helped translate is "Small Hours of the Night "by Roque Dalton, "Popol Vuh "from Elena Garro and works of many other authors like Nicanor Parra and Barbara Jacobs. His first novel, "Life in the Damn Tropics," was published in English in 2002.