Synopses & Reviews
An illustrated history of the Zapatistas based on interviews with the movement’s original organizers. Originally published in Mexico to mark the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Zapatistas, this new edition has been expanded with an epilogue that outlines developments from 2003 to the present. According to Subcomandante Marcos, The Fire and the Word is “the most complete version of the public history of the Zapatistas.”
Gloria Muñoz Ramírez has worked for Punto (Mexico), La Opinion (United States), and the Mexican daily La Jornada. She has lived and worked extensively in Chiapas, Mexico.
"Covering the movement from its conception, when a few urban guerrillas joined with indigenous leaders to plant the seeds of revolution, Muñoz provides an intimate and well detailed [account of] Zapatista history through the first 10 years . . . The book is described by [Zapatista spokesperson Subcomandante] Marcos as a giant tapestry filled with 'those little pieces of mirrors and crystals that make up the history of the EZLN.' In these mirrors, the reader may see parts of themselves reflected. But the Zapatistas believe every person, and every movement, must grow through their own experience. Therefore, they offer 'a mirror that isn’t you, it just helps you see how you are.'" Sarat Colling, Political Media Review
An illustrated history of the Zapatistas based on interviews with the movement's original organizers.
About the Author
Gloria Muñoz Ramírez worked for the Mexican newspaper "Punto," for the German news agency DPA, for the U.S. newspaper "La Opinion" and for the Mexican daily "La Jornada." She has lived and worked in Chiapas for years. Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos describes himself as the spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). Marcos says: Marcos is gay in San Francisco, black in South Africa, an Asian in Europe, a Chicano in San Ysidro, an anarchist in Spain, a Palestinian in Israel...Marcos is all the exploited, marginalized and oppressed minorities, resisting and saying, 'Enough'! Herman Bellinghausen is a journalist for the Mexican daily, La Jornada.