The Dispossessed: Chronicles of the Desterrados of Colombia by Alfredo MolanoThe Dispossessed: Chronicles of the Desterrados of Colombia by Alfredo Molano

The Dispossessed: Chronicles of the Desterrados of Colombia

byAlfredo Molano, Aviva ChomskyIntroduction byLance Selfa

Paperback | April 11, 2005

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This book is proof that today's Latin American literature reaches far and digs deep. Alfredo Molano isn't a novelist or poet, but rather a sociologist who realizes that 'the way to understand wasn't to study people but to listen to them.' The testimonies that Molano collects are a point of departure for a work that knows how to relate, like few others can, Colombia's pain in a language that has more colors than the rainbow."-Eduardo Galeano, author of Upside Down and Open Veins of Latin America "The people whose stories Molano tells are not social activists. They do not provide political or structural explanations of their lives; they do not tell stories of coming to consciousness. Yet, together, their stories add up to a powerful analysis of today's Colombia and should indeed inspire US readers to challenge the US policies that continue to kill, impoverish and displace the people of Colombia."-From the foreword by Aviva ChomskyHere in their own words are the stories of the desterrados, or "dispossessed"-the thousands of Colombians displaced by years of war and state-backed terrorism, funded in part through US aid to the Colombian government.These gripping stories show the human face of those who suffer the effects of the US "Plan Colombia" and of a state that serves the interests of wealthy landlords instead of the poor.Acclaimed journalistAlfredo Molano is a columnist for the newspaper El Espectador in Colombia. He is a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He is the author of Loyal Soldiers in the Cocaine Kingdom: Tales of Drugs, Mules, and Gunmen . "This book is proof that today's Latin American literature reaches far and digs deep. Alfredo Molano isn't a novelist or poet, but rather a sociologist who realizes that 'the way to understand wasn't to study people but to listen to them.' The testimonies that Molano collects are a point of departure for a work that knows how to relate, like few others can, Colombia's pain in a language that has more colors than the rainbow."-Eduardo Galeano, author of Upside Down and Open Veins of Latin America "The people whose stories Molano tells are not social activists. They do not provide political or structural explanations of their lives; they do not tell stories of coming to consciousness. Yet, together, their stories add up to a powerful analysis of today's Colombia and should indeed inspire US readers to challenge the US policies that continue to kill, impoverish and displace the people of Colombia."-From the foreword by Aviva ChomskyHere in their own words are the stories of the desterrados, or "dispossessed"-the thousands of Colombians displaced by years of war and state-backed terrorism, funded in part through US aid to the Colombian government.These gripping stories show the human face of those who suffer the effects of the US "Plan Colombia" and of a state that serves the interests of wealthy landlords instead of the poor.Acclaimed journalistAlfredo Molano is a columnist for the newspaper El Espectador in Colombia. He is a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He is the author of Loyal Soldiers in the Cocaine Kingdom: Tales of Drugs, Mules, and Gunmen . "
Molano is a columnist for the newspaper El Espectador in Colombia. He is currently in exile in Spain, and is also a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Aviva Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State College. She is co-editor of The Cuba Reader (Duke). Lance Selfa is an editor of and ...
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Title:The Dispossessed: Chronicles of the Desterrados of ColombiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 7.9 × 5.3 × 0.7 inPublished:April 11, 2005Publisher:Haymarket BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Dispossessed I read the original book in Spanish. It is very touching. This excellent translation to English from Daniel Bland is very helpful to the English reader to let him/her know the sad reality of Colombia and its people. Alfredo Molano interviews regular common Colombians who suffer and yet they keep their spirit high, hoping one day their country will be a better place for them to live peacefully. The reader finishes the book wondering how such a beautiful country like Colombia can have so many problems at once and how many people manage to keep living, working, dancing and smiling and why the Colombian government looks to the other way allowing this terrible situation to happen.
Date published: 2005-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good book This book was very good and gripping it showed how Colombians suffer and lucky we are here in canada
Date published: 2005-05-22