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- DescriptionIn 1980 El Salvador was plunged into a bloody civil war, and Luis Campos, a peasant farmer, found himself drawn into a deadly political maelstrom of guerrilla fighting for twelve years. In this collection of fascinating and revealing oral histories, Gorkin and Pineda portray the personal and social lives of Luis and his family, who for the past eighteen years have been working to rebuild their lives in their new community beneath the Guazapa volca.
Luis, his mother, his wife, his in-laws, his children, and some neighbors recall in a simple and often eloquent manner their experiences of everyday life before, during, and after the civil war. Nin?a Bonafacia, Luis's mother, tells of the days before the war when two of her daughters were murdered and she fled with her family to a refugee camp. Julia, Luis's wife, recounts her life as a guerrillera during which, incidentally, she gave birth to the first two of her eight children. Joaqui?n, a neighbor and comrade-in-arms, discusses how he and others took control of the land of Comunidad Guazapa and began rebuilding in those turbulent days and months right after the war. Margarita and Francisco, the two oldest children, with candor and insight discuss the trajectory of their lives and that of the postwar generation. And at the center of all these stories stands Luis, the guerrillero, farmer, neighbor, husband, father--and raconteur par excellence.
In sum, the multiple voices in From Beneath the Volca combine to form a rich tapestry displaying a story of war, family, and community and provide a never-before-seen view of both the past and present El Salvador.
- Author BiographyMichael Gorkin, PhD, is a psychologist and was twice a Fulbright scholar in El Salvador. He is the author of Days of Honey, Days of Onion: The Story of a Palestinian Family in Israel, and Three Mothers, Three Daughters: Palestinian Women s Stories. Marta Evelyn Pineda is a Salvadoran-trained psychologist and co-author (with Michael Gorkin) of From Grandmother to Granddaughter: Salvadoran Women s Stories. They are married and live in Florida.
- Author(s)Marta Evel Pineda,Michael Gorkin
- PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
- Date of Publication15/01/2012
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationTucson
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arizona Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight456 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
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