Our word is our weapon : selected writings /
Subcommandante Marcos ; edited by Juana Ponce de León ; foreword by José Saramago ; afterword by Ana Carrigan ; timeline by Tom Hansen and Enlace Civil.
A Seven Stories Press 1st ed.
New York : Seven Stories Press, c2001.
xxxi, 456 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2001-02-01:
On January 1, 1994, an indigenous guerrilla group, the Zapatistas, named after the early 20th-century revolutionary Mexican leader Emilio Zapata, seized several key towns in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The most significant uprising in Latin America in the last 20 years, this act focused Mexican military and political attention on the region and caught the imagination of the world's leftist community. A major reason for the international interest centers partly on the elusive figure of its spokesman leader, known only as Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. This mysterious character, who has remained unidentified and appears in public with his face partially hidden, declared that this movement would focus not on the battlefield but on winning worldwide public opinion and support over the airwaves and Internet. As a result, Marcos's poetic and articulate writings, including an awarding-winning children's book, Story of the Colors, are essential elements in understanding this movement. A good compilation of translations of his more important writings, this volume will be of interest to university research libraries and public libraries with an interest in Mexico and revolution.DMark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2001-01-01:
In 1994, as a guerrilla group of indigenous people calling themselves "Zapatistas" rose up in armed rebellion in the poor Mexican state of Chiapas, the writings of their enigmatic spokesman, Marcos, began being published in various Mexican journals and newspapers. They have since been disseminated around the world via the Internet and by Cinco Puntos press in the U.S. This collection of Marcos's work clearly showsDno matter one's stance on his politicsDwhy he has become an international phenomenon: he is a writer of rare ability. As a political analyst and propagandist, Marcos offers trenchant analyses of the plight of the native people of Mexico, their neglect by a corrupt national government and the exacerbation of their poverty and marginality, according to him, as "neoliberalism"Di.e., international financeDpermeated that nation. But he moves easily to romantic realist musings on his life in the remote mountains of Chiapas and the path that led him to the role of rebel. Finally he becomes a fabulist, writing his own brief talesDat times achingly poetic, at other times laugh-out-loud funnyDand retelling the ancient myths and legends from Mexico's Mayan past. Though the pieces here are, in the end, difficult to categorize, what connects them is Marcos's commitment to making the indigenous people visible, revealing the poverty of their lives and the richness of their traditions. He writes, "Being silent, our voice was passing away." Marcos has broken that silence in language as strong as dignity and as subtle as love. To read this collection is to discover that rare animal: an original voice. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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After the Zapatistas stunned the world by seizing towns in Chiapas in Mexico in 1994, their leader, the author of these writings, put out an online manifesto of their beliefs and concerns regarding Yanqui oppression and democracy.
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In this landmark book, Seven Stories Press presents a powerful collection of literary, philosophical, and political writings of the masked Zapatista spokesperson, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Introduced by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago, and illustrated with beautiful black and white photographs, Our Word Is Our Weapon crystallizes "the passion of a rebel, the poetry of a movement, and the literary genius of indigenous Mexico." Marcos first captured world attention on January 1, 1994, when he and an indigenous guerrilla group calling themselves "Zapatistas" revolted against the Mexican government and seized key towns in Mexico's southernmost state of Chiapas. In the six years that have passed since their uprising, Marcos has altered the course of Mexican politics and emerged an international symbol of grassroots movement-building, rebellion, and democracy. The prolific stream of poetic political writings, tales, and traditional myths that Marcos has penned since January 1, 1994 fill more than four volumes. Our Word Is Our Weapon presents the best of these writings, many of which have never been published before in English. Throughout this remarkable book we hear the uncompromising voice of indigenous communities living in resistance, expressing through manifestos and myths the universal human urge for dignity, democracy, and liberation. It is the voice of a people refusing to be forgotten the voice of Mexico in transition, the voice of a people struggling for democracy by using their word as their only weapon.
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Masked, origins unknown, Zapatista leader Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos is considered the first digital guerilla. A spokesman for the rebel Zapatistas, his extensive use of the internet has made the plight of the communities in Chiapas, Mexico, an international political and moral issue and his writings - poetic and thought-provoking - have drawn the attention of politicians and literati around the world. This collection, with a foreword by Nobel Prize Winner, Jose Saramagos, presents the essential literary, philosophical and political writings of this enigmatic leader.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Chiapas, a Name of Pain and Hope
Editor's Note: Traveling Back for Tomorrow
Twelve Women in the Twelfth Year: The Moment of Warp. 5
War! First Declaration of the Lacandon Junglep. 13
Dying in Order to Livep. 17
In Our Dreams We Have Seen Another Worldp. 18
Votan-Zapata or Five Hundred Years of Historyp. 19
A Storm and a Prophecy - Chiapas: The Southeast in Two Windsp. 22
Who Should Ask for Pardon and Who Can Grant It?p. 38
Five Hundred Years of Indigenous Resistancep. 40
Second Declaration of the Lacondon Junglep. 43
Aguascalientes: Opening Words to the National Democratic Coventionp. 52
The Long Journey from Despair to Hopep. 60
Mr. Zedillo, Welcome to the Nightmarep. 70
Come, Brothers and Sistersp. 80
The Word and the Silencep. 83
Fourth Declaration of the Lacondon Junglep. 86
Closing Words to the National Indigenous Forump. 90
Today, Eighty-Five Years Later, History Repeats Itselfp. 96
The Unjust Sentencing of Elorriaga and Entzinp. 106
Opening Remakrs at the First Intercontinental Encuentro for Humanity and against Neoliberalismp. 109
Tomorrow Begins Today: Closing Remarks at the First Intercontinental Encuentro for Humanity and against Neoliberalismp. 115
Second Declaration of La Realidad for Humanity and against Neoliberalismp. 124
Civil Society That So Perturbsp. 128
The Spiral from the End and the Beginningp. 133
An Urgent Telegramp. 138
Do the Pictures Lie?p. 139
For Those Who Protest with Us after Actealp. 140
The Sea of My Insomnia: The Table at San Andresp. 145
Tlatelolco: Thirty Years Later the Struggle Continuesp. 151
Under Siege: The Zapatista Community of Amador Hernandezp. 155
Why We Use the Weapon of Resistancep. 159
Flowers, Like Hope, Are Harvestedp. 167
From Vietnam to Chiapas, Twenty Years Beforep. 169
A Call to Latin Americap. 172
On Independent Mediap. 174
Letter to the Indigenous Leadership of the United Statesp. 177
From Here to There and Back Againp. 179
On May Day and Tupac Amarup. 184
This Ocean No Longer Separates Usp. 185
Letter to Mumia Abu-Jamalp. 188
Letter to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, USAp. 192
"No!" to the War in the Balkansp. 193
For Maurice Najman, Who Keeps Feigning Deathp. 195
Letter to Leonard Peltierp. 204
To Open a Crack in Historyp. 209
We Know What We're Doing: It Is Worth Itp. 213
The Library of Aguascalientesp. 222
The Retreat Is Making Us Almost Scratch the Skyp. 226
Death Has Paid a Visitp. 236
A Year of the Zapatista Governmentp. 241
Zapatistas, Guadalupanos, and the Virgin of Guadalupep. 246
A Land to Harvest a Futurep. 252
Letter to Eduardo Galeanop. 254
Letter to John Bergerp. 259
Dignity Cannot Be Studied; You Live It or It Diesp. 264
Letter to the Eureka Committeep. 267
It Continues Raining Herep. 271
Democratic Teachers and the Zapatista Dreamp. 274
Closing Words at the National Encuentro in Defense of the Cultural Heritagep. 278
Ten Years Later: Durito Found Us Againp. 289
To Mariana Moguel (age ten)p. 291
The Glass to See to the Other Sidep. 294
Deep Inside the Cave of Desirep. 297
Durito and Pegasusp. 302
The Story of the Tiny Mouse and the Tiny Catp. 308
The Story of the Cold Foot and the Hot Footp. 310
The Story of the Bean-brown Horsep. 314
Love and the Calendarp. 316
Another Cloud, Another Bottle, and Another Letter from Duritop. 318
P.S. that Fulfills Its Editorial Dutyp. 321
Durito the Piratep. 322
The Hour of the Little Onesp. 331
The True Story of Mary Read and Anne Bonnyp. 335
The Tale of the Ever Neverp. 341
The Parrot's Victoryp. 342
Tales of the Seahorse: Beads and Accounts of Numbersp. 343
The Tale of the Little Seamstressp. 345
The Tale of the Little Newsboyp. 346
The Tale of the Little Wisp of a Cloudp. 347
The Story of the Schizophrenic Pigp. 349
The Tale of the Lime with an Identity Crisisp. 351
The Tale of the Noncnformist Little Toadp. 352
The Tale of the Pink Shoelacesp. 355
The Tale of Always and Neverp. 356
The Little Tree and the Othersp. 357
A Light, a Flower, and a Dawnp. 359
The Words That Walk Truthsp. 364
The Story of Colorsp. 373
The Story of the Mirrorsp. 376
The Story of Dreamsp. 380
The Story of the Seven Rainbowsp. 383
The Story of Noise and Silencep. 386
Making the Bread Called Tomorrowp. 389
The Story of the Othersp. 390
The Tale of the Lion and the Mirrorp. 392
The Story of the Measure of Memoryp. 395
The Story of One and Allp. 397
The Dawn Is Heralding Heat and Flashesp. 399
The Story of the Milky Wayp. 402
The Story of the False Light, the Stone, and the Cornp. 405
The Night Is Oursp. 407
The Story of the Questionsp. 413
Afterword: Chiapas, the First Postmodern Revolutionp. 417
Zapatista Timelinep. 445
Bibliographyp. 453
Contributorsp. 455
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