Item description for The Dispossessed: Chronicles of the Desterrados of Colombia by Alfredo Molano, Daniel Bland, Aviva Chomsky & Lance Selfa...
"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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher Haymarket Books
ISBN 1931859175 ISBN13 9781931859172
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More About Alfredo Molano, Daniel Bland, Aviva Chomsky & Lance Selfa
Alfredo Molano is a book author, journalist and a weekly columnist for the newspaper El Espectador. His writing on behalf of human rights, peasants and marginalized Colombian communities earned him death threats from the paramilitary United Self-Defense Units of Colombia (AUC). He is currently in exile in Spain but continues to write his column.
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The dispossessed Sep 30, 2007
A great insight into the daily lives of the people and especially the children of Columbia!
The Dispossessed: Chronicles of the Desterrados of Colombia Mar 11, 2007
Very important stories to understand the reality/ies of Colombia. Molano is an amazing writer.
A tough but necessary book to read Feb 16, 2007
In "The Dispossessed", Colombian journalist and sociologist Alfredo Molano, himself a target of political repression, has bravely compiled a frightening collection of powerful testimonies of displaced persons in Colombia, victims of the ongoing resource war and class war ravaging this strategic Latin American nation connecting South America with Central America. Rather than engaging in abstract political theory, Molano personalizes the conflict by providing a voice for various women and men living in dire poverty and struggling against the brutal violence of the military, paramilitary forces, and police. Sadly, like in Pinochet's Chile, the disappearance of activists, particularly trade unionists, has become commonplace. Indeed, Colombia may well be the most dangerous country in the world for workers to organize in. Though these women and men are not traditional activists speaking in left-wing academic jargon, their horrific stories of courage and survival give the reader a rich understanding of what Plan Colombia and the FTAA are really about.