Our Word is Our Weapon: Selected Writings

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In this landmark book, Seven Stories Press presents a powerful collection of literary, philosophical, and political writings of the masked Zapatista spokesperson, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Introduced by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, and illustrated with beautiful black and white photographs, Our Word Is Our Weapon crystallizes "the passion of a rebel, the poetry of a movement, and the literary genius of indigenous Mexico."
Marcos first captured world attention on ...
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Overview

In this landmark book, Seven Stories Press presents a powerful collection of literary, philosophical, and political writings of the masked Zapatista spokesperson, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Introduced by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, and illustrated with beautiful black and white photographs, Our Word Is Our Weapon crystallizes "the passion of a rebel, the poetry of a movement, and the literary genius of indigenous Mexico."
Marcos first captured world attention on January 1, 1994, when he and an indigenous guerrilla group calling themselves "Zapatistas" revolted against the Mexican government and seized key towns in Mexico's southernmost state of Chiapas. In the six years that have passed since their uprising, Marcos has altered the course of Mexican politics and emerged an international symbol of grassroots movement-building, rebellion, and democracy. The prolific stream of poetic political writings, tales, and traditional myths that Marcos has penned since January 1, 1994 fill more than four volumes. Our Word Is Our Weapon presents the best of these writings, many of which have never been published before in English.
Throughout this remarkable book we hear the uncompromising voice of indigenous communities living in resistance, expressing through manifestos and myths the universal human urge for dignity, democracy, and liberation. It is the voice of a people refusing to be forgotten the voice of Mexico in transition, the voice of a people struggling for democracy by using their word as their only weapon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583224724
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 522
  • Sales rank: 413,643
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

SUBCOMANDANTE MARCOS is a spokesperson and strategist for the Zapatistas, an indigenous insurgency movement based in Mexico. He first joined the indigenous guerrilla group that would become the Zapatistas in the early 1980s. Marcos is author of several books translated into English, including Shadows of Tender Fury (Monthly Review Press) which featured early letters and communiques, and a children's book Story of the Colors (Cinco Puntos), which won a Firecracker Alternative Book Award.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Prologue: Chiapas, a Name of Pain and Hope xix
Editor's Note: Traveling Back for Tomorrow xxiii
Section I Unveiling Mexico
Part 1 Names the Unnamed
1. Twelve Women in the Twelfth Year: The Moment of War 5
2. War! First Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle 13
3. Dying in Order to Live 17
4. In Our Dreams We Have Seen Another World 18
5. Votan-Zapata or Five Hundred Years of History 19
6. A Storm and a Prophecy--Chiapas: The Southeast in Two Winds 22
7. Who Should Ask for Pardon and Who Can Grant It? 38
8. Five Hundred Years of Indigenous Resistance 40
9. Second Declaration of the Lacondon Jungle 43
10. The Long Journey from Despair to Hope 52
11. Mr. Zedillo, Welcome to the Nightmare 62
12. Come, Brothers and Sisters 72
13. The Word and the Silence 75
14. Fourth Declaration of the Lacondon Jungle (excerpt) 78
15. Closing Words to the National Indigenous Forum (excerpt) 82
16. Today, Eighty-Five Years Later, History Repeats Itself 88
17. The Unjust Sentencing of Elorriaga and Entzin 98
18. Opening Remarks at the First Intercontinental Encuentro for Humanity and against Neoliberalism 101
19. Tomorrow Begins Today: Closing Remarks at the First Intercontinental Encuentro for Humanity and against Neoliberalism 107
20. Second Declaration of La Realidad for Humanity and against Neoliberalism 116
21. Civil Society That So Perturbs 120
22. The Spiral from the End and the Beginning 125
23. An Urgent Telegram 130
24. Do the Pictures Lie? 131
25. For Those Who Protest with Us after Acteal 132
26. The Sea of My Insomnia: The Table at San Andres 137
27. Tlatelolco: Thirty Years Later the Struggle Continues 143
28. Under Siege: The Zapatista Community of Amador Hernandez 147
29. A Play (ha!) That Says What It Says 151
30. Mexico City: We Have Arrived. We Are Here: The EZLN 155
31. The Other Player 163
32. Why We Use the Weapon of Resistance 166
Part 2 One World
33. Flowers, Like Hope, Are Harvested 173
34. From Vietnam to Chiapas, Twenty Years Before 175
35. A Call to Latin America 178
36. On Independent Media 180
37. From Here to There and Back Again 183
38. On May Day and Tupac Amaru 188
39. This Ocean No Longer Separates Us 189
40. Letter to Mumia Abu-Jamal 192
41. "No!" to the War in the Balkans 196
42. For Maurice Najman, Who Keeps Feigning Death 198
43. Letter to Leonard Peltier 207
Section II Beneath the Mask
44. To Open a Crack in History 213
45. We Know What We're Doing; It is Worth It 217
46. The Library of Aguascalientes 226
47. The Retreat Is Making Us Almost Scratch the Sky 230
48. Death Has Paid a Visit 240
49. A Year of the Zapatista Government 245
50. Zapatistas, Guadalupanos, and the Virgin of Guadalupe 250
51. A Land to Harvest a Future 256
52. Letter to Eduardo Galeano 258
53. Letter to John Berger 263
54. Dignity Cannot Be Studied; You Live It or It Dies 268
55. It Continues Raining Here 271
56. Democratic Teachers and the Zapatista Dream 274
57. Closing Words at the National Encuentro in Defense of the Cultural Heritage 278
Section III Creating Memory
Part 1 Tales for a Sleepless Solitude--The Stories of Don Durito
58. Ten Years Later: Durito Found Us Again 289
59. To Mariana Moguel (age ten) 291
60. The Glass to See to the Other Side 294
61. Deep Inside the Cave of Desire 297
62. Durito and Pegasus 302
63. The Story of the Tiny Mouse and the Tiny Cat 308
64. The Story of the Cold Foot and the Hot Foot 310
65. The Story of the Bean-brown Horse 314
66. Love and the Calendar 316
67. Another Cloud, Another Bottle, and Another Letter from Durito 318
68. P.S...that Fulfills Its Editorial Duty 321
69. Durito the Pirate 322
70. The Hour of the Little Ones 331
71. The True Story of Mary Read and Anne Bonny 335
Part 2 Tales of Many Others
72. The Tale of the Ever Never 341
73. The Parrot's Victory 342
74. Tales of the Seahorse 343
75. The Tale of the Little Seamstress 345
76. The Tale of the Little Newsboy 346
77. The Tale of the Little Wisp of a Cloud 347
78. The Story of the Schizophrenic Pig 349
79. The Tale of the Lime with an Identity Crisis 351
80. The Tale of the Nonconformist Little Toad 352
81. The Tale of the Pink Shoelaces 355
82. The Tale of Always and Never 356
83. The Little Tree and the Others 357
84. A Light, a Flower, and a Dawn 359
85. The Words That Walk Truths 364
Part 3 Old Don Antonio
86. The Story of the Colors 373
87. The Story of the Mirrors 376
88. The Story of Dreams 380
89. The Story of the Seven Rainbows 383
90. The Story of Noise and Silence 386
91. Making the Bread Called Tomorrow 389
92. The Story of the Others 390
93. The Tale of the Lion and the Mirror 392
94. The Story of the Measure of Memory 395
95. The Story of One and All 397
96. The Dawn Is Heralding Heat and Flashes 399
97. The Story of the Milky Way 402
98. The Story of the False Light, the Stone, and the Corn 405
99. The Night Is Ours 407
100. The Story of the Questions 413
Afterword: Chiapas, the First Postmodern Revolution 417
Zapatista Timeline 445
Bibliography 453
Contributors 455
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