Erased Faces by Graciela Limon

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Against the charred tapestry of the Zapatista guerilla uprising of January 1994, personal histories intersect in the newest novel by Graciela Limón. Weaving the theads of Lacandón myth and history with the events culminating in the guerilla uprising, Limón creates a rich fabric that restores an identity of those rendered invisible, or whose faces were erased, by years of oppression.

Adriana Mora, a Latina photojournalist born and raised in Los Angeles, haunted by childhood memories of her parents' death, abuse and displacement, journeys south to Chiapas, Mexico, in search of images to record on film. Mora's path crosses that of Chan K'in, the aged Lacandón shaman and interpreter of his people's mysticism. His stories recount the heroism of indigenous peoples of the past and offers possible keys to the resolution of the nightmares that plague her.

In this village, Adriana meets Juana Galvez, a woman whose own heroism mirrors that of the women that Chan K'in describes. Adriana is immediately attracted to the small indigenous woman and her cause, so she follows Juana into the mountains where she is drawn into the tumultuous events of 1994 and the stories of the insurgents who fight for freedom.

Erased Faces portrays forbidden love set against the backdrop of a complicated war. Limón expertly drafts images of the racism, exploitation, and class division that plague the region and the lengths that the impoverished indigenous people take to break the yoke of universal oppression that rests heavy on their shoulders.
 

About Graciela Limon

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Graciela Limon is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning author of six novels published by Arte Publico: Left Alive (2005); Erased Faces (2001), which was awarded the 2002 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award; The Day of the Moon (1999); Song of the Hummingbird (1996); The Memories of Ana Calderon (1994, 2001); and In Search of Bernabe (1993), which won the Art Seidenbaum First Novel Award and was named a "Notable Book of the Year" by The New York Times Book Review. Limon is Professor Emeritus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she served as a professor of U.S. Latina/o Literature and Chair of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.
 
Published December 11, 2001 by Arte Publico Pr. 258 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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