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The Dispossessed: Chronicles of the Desterrados of Colombia

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Publisher Comments:

“This book is proof that today’s Latin American literature reaches far and digs deep. Alfredo Molano isn’t a novelist or poet, but rather a sociologist who realizes that ‘the way to understand wasn’t to study people but to listen to them.’ The testimonies that Molano collects are a point of departure for a work that knows how to relate, like few others can, Colombia’s pain in a language that has more colors than the rainbow.”—Eduardo Galeano, author of Upside Down and Open Veins of Latin America

“The people whose stories Molano tells are not social activists. They do not provide political or structural explanations of their lives; they do not tell stories of coming to consciousness. Yet, together, their stories add up to a powerful analysis of today’s Colombia and should indeed inspire US readers to challenge the US policies that continue to kill, impoverish and displace the people of Colombia.”—From the foreword by Aviva Chomsky

Here in their own words are the stories of the desterrados, or “dispossessed”—the thousands of Colombians displaced by years of war and state-backed terrorism, funded in part through US aid to the Colombian government.

These gripping stories show the human face of those who suffer the effects of the US “Plan Colombia” and of a state that serves the interests of wealthy landlords instead of the poor.

Acclaimed journalist Alfredo Molano is a columnist for the newspaper El Espectador in Colombia. He is a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He is the author of Loyal Soldiers in the Cocaine Kingdom: Tales of Drugs, Mules, and Gunmen.

Book News Annotation:

Columbian journalist and sociologist Molano has been writing about the social and cultural effects of the violence in his country for 20 years, but little of his work has been accessible in English. In Desterrados: cr<'o>nicas del desarraigo, published in 2001 by El <'A>ncore Editores, he draws on the traditional testimonio genre to allow Colombians displaced by violence to tell their stories. Bland, a Canadian journalist and filmmaker, lived and worked in Columbia during most of the 1990s, and his translation makes this work available in English.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The stories of ordinary Colombians displaced by war who are struggling, with dignity, to live.

About the Author

Molano is a columnist for the newspaper El Espectador in Colombia. He is currently in exile in Spain, and is also a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931859172
Introduction:
Selfa, Lance
Publisher:
Haymarket Books
Translator:
Bland, Daniel
Introduction:
Selfa, Lance
Author:
Selfa, Lance
Author:
Chomsky, Aviva
Author:
Bland, Daniel
Author:
Molano, Alfredo
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Refugees
Subject:
Social conflict
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
World History-South America
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
220
Dimensions:
7.90x5.56x.74 in. .65 lbs.

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