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Nobel Prize Winner Rigoberta Menchú was born in the village of Chimel, high in the mountains of Guatemala.

In the girl from chimel she describes life in the village where she grew up. It was a world of innocence and beauty, where the presence of the magical was never far away.

The children played by the river, and watched over the fields of maize. In the evenings when the sun had set behind the mountains, they would sit outside her house and her grandfather would tell her the tales of her people. The tales of the Maya.

The gentle simplicity of these stories evokes an idealistic vision of childhood, and recalls the ancient heritage of the Maya, before it was shattered by the horrors of war.

Rigoberta Menchú was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work for the human rights of indigenous peoples.

ISBN 0-9534205-7-4 SPEC. 96pp
A6, pbk. Price: £6.99