Synopses & Reviews
This "subversive" book is now available in paperback! When the NEA -rescinded funding for The Story of Colors, the news hit the cover of the New York Times and made the book an instant bestseller. But far from being subversive, this beautifully illustrated folktale teaches us all about the value of diversity. Old man Antonio tells how a long time ago the world was just black and white and gray. This bored the gods, so they went looking for bright colors and they found them in the most peculiar places!
No one exactly knows who -Subcomandante Marcos is, but since New Yearandrsquo;s Day 1994, when the Zapatistas declared war on the Mexican government, he has become a post-modern revolutionary hero.
"andhellip;[A] lovely book, gracefully translatedandhellip;and distinguishedandhellip;by the vibrant illustrations in pastel and paint byandhellip;an indigenous artist from Oaxaca, Mexico. It will delight young readers of Spanish and English (the text is printed in both languages)andhellip;" andmdash; New York Times Book Review
"The Story of Colors reflects a literary, sometimes whimsical side that has distinguished Subcomandante Marcos, the only non-Indian among the Zapatistas' highest leaders, from other steely Latin American guerrilla commanders." andmdash;The New York Times
"The text, colloquial and rolling in both Spanish and English, has rhythm, motion, and a sense of authenticityandhellip;[THe book] stands alone as a lovely, integrated folktale with a meaning and message all its own, and is deserving of purchase." andmdash;School Library Journal
"This beautiful book reminds us that the Zapatista movement is one of dignity that emanates from the grassroots of the indigenous people of Mexico. It is a lesson for all of us in the human spirit." andmdash;Indigo Girls, Amy Ray
"The Story of Colors reminds me of the kind of stories told in my own Mvskoke country. Itand#8217;s rich in detail, humor and wisdom, and within it is the sense that we are part of some large amazing universe that will go on creating itself despite the foibles of humans, other creatures and gods." andmdash;Joy Harjo
"Here, Antonio offers an allegory not of 'diversity'and#151;a timid, lackluster thingand#151;but of dissatisfaction and its creative possibilities. The world that seems fixed and oppressive can be changed; the 'gods' can be anyone, but what they make they must safeguard against forgetfulness in case the spirit of revolt should dim or be tamped down. And so the gods, who color the world with a thrilling abandon, use the last of their pigment to paint the feathers of the macaw, a bird revered in the highlands, 'because they didnand#8217;t want to forget the colors or lose them.' " andmdash;The Nation
The imfamous children's book where el subcommandante Marcos learns how the world blossomed with colors.
About the Author
Subcomandante Marcos (Date of birth unknown), is the de facto spokesman for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), a Mexican rebel movement. He is known as Delegado Cero (Delegate Zero) in matters concerning the Other Campaign. In January 1994, Marcos led an army of Indian farmers out of the mountains and took over the eastern part of the state of Chiapas, protesting the government's neglect of indigenous peoples. Marcos is an author, political poet, adroit humorist, and outspoken Marxist opponent of globalization, capitalism and neo-liberalism. Marcos is currently advocating having the Mexican constitution amended to recognize the rights of the country's indigenous inhabitants. The internationally known guerrillero has been described as a "new" and "postmodern" Che Guevara