Rigoberta Menchú is a living legend, a young woman who said that her odyssey from a Mayan Indian village to revolutionary exile was "the story of all poor Guatemalans." By turning herself into an everywoman, she became a powerful symbol for 500 years of indigenous resistance to colonialism. Her testimony, I, Rigoberta Menchú, denounced atrocities by the Guatemalan army and propelled her to the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize. But her story was not the eyewitness account that she claimed. In this hotly debated book, key points of which have been corroborated by the New York Times, David Stoll compares a cult text with local testimony from Rigoberta Menchú's hometown. His reconstruction of her story goes to the heart of debates over political correctness and identity politics and provides a dramatic illustration of the rebirth of the sacred in the postmodern academy.

This expanded edition includes a new foreword from Elizabeth Burgos, the editor of I, Rigoberta Menchú, as well as a new afterword from Stoll, who discusses Rigoberta Menchú's recent bid for the Guatemalan presidency and addresses the many controversies and debates that have arisen since the book was first published.

chapter 1|305 pages

The Story of All Poor Guatemalans

part One|2 pages

Vicente Menchú and His Village

chapter 2|292 pages

Uspantán as an Agricultural Frontier

chapter 3|279 pages

The Struggle for Chimel

part Two|2 pages

Popular Revolutionary War

chapter 4|266 pages

Revolutionary Justice Comes to Uspantán

chapter 5|248 pages

The Death of Petrocinio

chapter 6|243 pages

The Massacre at the Spanish Embassy

chapter 10|177 pages

The Death Squads in Uspantán

part Three|2 pages

Vicente’s Daughter and the Reinvention of Chimel

chapter 11|160 pages

Where Was Rigoberta?

chapter 12|153 pages

Rigoberta Joins the Revolutionary Movement

chapter 13|146 pages

The Construction of I, Rigoberta Menchú

chapter 14|135 pages

Rigoberta’s Secret

part Four|2 pages

The Laureate Goes Home

chapter 15|122 pages

The Campaign for the Nobel

chapter 16|107 pages

The Lonely Life of a Nobel Laureate

chapter 17|97 pages

Rigoberta and Redemption

chapter 18|16 pages

The New Chimel

chapter 19|64 pages

Rigoberta Leaves the Guerrilla Movement

chapter 20|57 pages

Epitaph for an Eyewitness Account