Julio César Mancías
(Paperback - Jun 30, 2003)
in Guatemala City and Antigua
The auther was an high ranking member of the Guatemalan Guerilla and
tells his story with an insaturable desire of acknowledgement. The plot
reflects the unsteadyness of a life in the hiding. César often
changes names. Every time he does so, he leads the public to beleive
that his last identity died. His mother, exiled in Mexico, and reading
Guatemalan papers, repeatedly suffers the loss of her son.
There are many very touching side stories in this description of the
war between a "good" guerilla and a "bad", atrocious
army. Read the sad story of
Rogelia, who maintained the Guerilla headquarters in Guatemala City.
Read what happened to an American
Rambo in Guatemala.
In 1972, Cesar went to the Ixcán forest north of Cobán,
with only 15 compañons. They managed to destabilize the whole
zone. The Guatemalan army had to establish a base in Ixcán. The
government built a road and the forest was distributed to landless people
(much landed in the hands of corrupt military functionaries). Eventually,
the whole area has been deforested by corn and cattle farmers and the
guerilla had to move out.
It is a sign that Guatemala has begun to come to terms with its past
that a book like this can be written and sold.
This book is written in easy to understand Spanish for the advanced
student. The author gives maps of the areas of onetime influence of
the guerilla in certain regions.
(Review by David Unger)