Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives From Colombians Displaced by Violence

( 2 )

Overview

For nearly five decades, Colombia has been embroiled in internal armed conflict among guerrilla groups, paramilitary militias, and the country's own armed forces. Civilians in Colombia face a range of abuses from all sides, including killings, disappearances an'd rape-and more than four million have been forced to flee their homes. The oral histories in Throwing Stones at the Moon describe the most widespread consequence of Colombia's human rights crisis: forced displacement. Narrators recount life before ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $9.20   
  • Used (4) from $1.99   
Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives From Colombians Displaced by Violence

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$8.49
BN.com price
(Save 15%)$9.99 List Price

Overview

For nearly five decades, Colombia has been embroiled in internal armed conflict among guerrilla groups, paramilitary militias, and the country's own armed forces. Civilians in Colombia face a range of abuses from all sides, including killings, disappearances an'd rape-and more than four million have been forced to flee their homes. The oral histories in Throwing Stones at the Moon describe the most widespread consequence of Colombia's human rights crisis: forced displacement. Narrators recount life before displacement, the reasons for their flight, and their struggle to rebuild their lives. Among the narrators:

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Human rights journalists Brodzinsky and Schoening geographically organize intimate oral histories from individuals living through pervasive violence among Colombia's drug cartels, military forces, and rebels. Often astonishing quotes double as headings ("A Pretext to Throw Me in The River"; "I'd Go Alone and Sit Down Next to Their Tombs"; "I'm Going to Start Killing Indians as if They Were Fish"), piquing readers' curiosity and conscience. The editors document the conflict's tangible impacts—destruction of villages, deaths, and physical injuries—and emphasize stories embodying two ideas: violence seems to permeate the air many Colombians breathe, yet they show "tenacity to persevere and survive." For Amado VillafaÅ?a, a member of the indigenous Arhuaco people, "the conflict begins with Christopher Columbus"; despite this, "we're not resentful." In childhood, Sergio Díaz heard bomb explosions and "got so scared face changed from this color to that." Five years later, he stepped on a landmine, losing his leg. Readers concerned with human rights and Latin American politics will find this account of violence and survival both sad and inspiring. Maps. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Bleak first-person accounts of violence and displacement in Colombia over many decades. In a lawless struggle for power over the rural farmers and laborers who make up the landscape of this deeply scarred, war-torn country, left-wing guerrillas emerging in the 1960s and '70s and the paramilitary right-wing opposing them from the '80s onward, fueled by the drug profit and mafia cartels, have been responsible for thousands of senseless deaths and the upheaval of families and villages. Editors Brodzinsky and Schoening have compiled a useful, moving set of oral histories of this horrendous period of bizarre, seemingly arbitrary killings and intimidation. Instilling fear seemed to be the aim of the sudden appearance within a village of the ragtag left- or right-wing paramilitary men, who dragged people out of their homes to rape, maim and murder. Remembering the terror visited on her village of El Salado forms Emilia Gonzalez's opening narrative--the paramilitary forces raped her 12-year-old daughter and herded the villagers onto the soccer field for a killing spree. Later, the victims might spot their tormentors in the army purportedly guarding the villages; there seemed to be no end to the absurdity of the violence. Death threats, forced planting of coca, bombings, maiming by mines, deliberate dismemberment, assassination of trade unionists and people seeking government redress and protection, and persecution of Colombian refugees who fled to Ecuador--these stories express a horrific experience and plea for humanitarian intervention. A helpful history of Colombia by Winifred Tate, timeline and glossary of terms close this extensive, poignant study. A valiant effort of research and consolidation.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936365913
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/12/2012
  • Series: Voice of Witness
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 1,322,561
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sibylla Brodzinsky has spent more than twenty years writing about Latin American politics, human rights, and social issues. She is a freelance journalist in Colombia, contributing regularly to The Economist, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Guardian.

Max Schoening is a researcher and writer on human rights in Colombia. He contributed research to Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict, a forthcoming photography book documenting the history of the Colombian conflict by Stephen Ferry.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Silence of Shame Ingrid Betancourt 13

Introduction: Desplazados 17

Section 1 When Dogs Howl-the Caribbean Coast 25

Emilia Gonzålez 27

Julia Torres 49

Sergio Díaz 67

Amado Villafaña 75

Lina Gamarra 91

Section 2 The Less you Know, the More you Live-Antioquia 109

Carmen Rodríguez 111

María Victoria Jiménez 135

Zullybeth Zapata 157

Rodrigo Mejía 173

Section 3 A Big Splendid Party-Bogotá 183

Catalian Hoyos 185

Carmenza Gómez 195

Section 4 I'm no One here-Ecuador 217

Danny Cuervo 219

Ricardo Sierra 237

Section 5 Throwing Stones at the Moon-the Southwest 255

Felipe Aguilar 257

Alfredo Romero 277

Alicia Zabala 283

Mónica Quiñones 301

Mariana Camacho 309

Section 6 If you Weren't Brave, you had to Pretend to be-Eastern Plains 329

Jesús Cabrales 331

Alberto Carrasco 347

Ramón Santamaría 357

Section 7 The Path I'm Following-Urabá 365

Leonor Giraldo 367

Fernando Enamorado 375

Appendices 396

Timeline 415

Glossary 421

Endnotes 426

Acknowledgments 431

About the Editors 433

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Posted May 12, 2013

    Wonderful but haunting stories  This book is wonderfully researc

    Wonderful but haunting stories 
    This book is wonderfully researched, full of individual traumas that we cannot comprehend here in the US. This book, in conjunction with President Uribe's book, puts the Colombian conflict and the necessary policy responses into context. One comes away with admiration for the daily courage that Colombians had to exhibit through the bad years. I highly recommend this book just for the stories of overcoming daily tragedy and also for those wanting a better understanding of the Colombian experience.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Moonstream

    Flew to this den filled with flovers a moss with ferns mixed lay there . A rabbit lay in the coner . Ivy hung all over the alls

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)