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The Scorpion's Tail [Paperback]

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"The Scorpion's Tail is a novel that is simultaneously compelling, complicated and insightful. Sylvia Torti deftly unites disparate elements and voices in this tale of the Zapatista rebellion of January 1, 1994, in Chiapas, Mexico-one of the most momentous events of the beginnings of the twenty-first century. Such personages as Subcomandante Marcos appear in the book, but the real characters are the nameless rebels, villagers, visitors and soldiers whose lives collided that fateful day, impacting them forever as this rebellion reconfigured and changed the face of the post-Cold War world."-Luis J. Rodrguez

Sylvia Torti's The Scorpion's Tail won the 2005 Miguel Mrmol Prize, awarded annually by Curbstone Press for the best debut work in fiction by a Latino/a writer. This suspense-filled novel explores struggles of indigenous people in southern Mexico during the Zapatista rebellion. The Scorpion's Tail encompasses both the point of view of Amy, a young US biologist inadvertently caught up in the rebellion, and that of Chan Nah K'in, an insurgent woman guerrilla. It explores the dilemma of the Hach Winik people caught between their traditional life and the modern world, where they must take aggressive political and military action to preserve their very existence. The Scorpion's Tail is also an initiation story-Amy is plunged into the social realities of Mexico, an experience that shatters her neat, isolated world of science and changes her life forever.

Sylvia Torti is the daughter of an Argentine father and American mother. She was born and raised in Ohio and lives and writes in Salt Lake City, conducting biology research in her spare time. With a PhD in biology, Torti's research has taken her to Africa, South America and Chiapas on the eve of the Zapatista rebellion.

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Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Curbstone Press
ISBN  1931896178  
ISBN13  9781931896177  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sylvia Torti is the daughter of an Argentine father and American mother. She was born and raised in Ohio and lives and writes in Salt Lake City, conducting biology research in her spare time. A PhD in biology, her research has taken her to Africa and South America, including Chiapas on the eve of the Zapatista Rebellion.

Sylvia Torti was born in 1968.

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Rebellion in Chiapas  Oct 25, 2006

An excellent introduction to Mexican politics and the reasons behind the 1994 Zapatista uprising. Torti's story skillfully examines the economic and racial oppression of Mexico's indigenous populations and exposes to the reader an ugly side of Mexico known only to few Americans.

-Should be required reading for anyone unclear as to why thousands risk their lives each year trying to cross U.S. borders.
The Scorpion,s Tail  Jan 18, 2006
This book is so wide in it,s scope; a must read for anyone wanting to know something about present day Mexico. I love the writing style; personal and credible.
Outstanding  Jan 17, 2006
Don't miss it if you want to start knowing a little of what Latin America is

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