Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 152
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 13 mm
-- Mario Vargas Llosa * El Pais (Madrid) *
"[A]n astonishing autobiography, told with style and sensitivity, that illuminates much about late twentieth-century Peru....Lurgio Gavilan has been a guerrilla, a soldier, and a priest, and he is now an anthropologist. In addition, he became an extraordinary writer. His story should and will reach a broad audience." -- Charles F. Walker * Hispanic American Historical Review *
"Written in unembellished language, this autobiography penned by a former Peruvian child soldier shows both the stark savagery and the gentle compassion of life among horrific circumstances and the decision to leave and pursue a life of peace and knowledge." * World Literature Today *
"Gavilan's book chronicles the author's extraordinary life as a child guerrilla, soldier, Franciscan monk, and fi nally, a doctoral student of anthropology at Mexico's Iberoamericana University. His story is gripping, brutal, and, at times, redeeming. More than a simple memoir, the book has become part of Peru's national struggle to reconcile with its violent past." -- Caroline Yezer * NACLA Report on the Americas *
"[A] story told with candor, nuance, and a sense of tragedy. . . . His story provides a perspective on the motivations and lives of child soldiers that is rare." -- David M. Rosen * American Anthropologist *
"[T]exts such as this one make an important contribution to ongoing discussions about the legacy of violence in Peru. Of course, the relevance of Gavilan's experiences extends beyond Peru, and this English translation of the Spanish original makes his remarkable story more accessible to students and a wider public." -- Fabiana Li * Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies *
"[T]he book is of great relevance for those interested in political violence and cultural memory in Peru, and the experience of child soldiers and young militants anywhere. It is accessible to those who do not have previous knowledge of the context, such as students, and indeed could be recommended as a first read for those who would like to learn about it...." -- Alexandra Hibbett * Journal of Latin American Studies *
"[T]his is an important book not only for those readers, the general and the academic reader alike, interested in the Shining Path or the modern history of Peru, but also for those interested in the history of world communism."
-- Jana S. Pisani * The Latin Americanist *
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