Unfinished Conquest by Victor Perera
The Guatemalan Tragedy

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Spanning the years of civil war in Guatemala, Unfinished Conquest portrays an embattled country facing the third cycle of a conquest that began when the conquistadors arrived in the sixteenth century. As personal narrative weaves with reportage and oral testimony, we meet the victims, champions, and villains of a society torn apart by violence and injustice.

About Victor Perera

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Victor Perera(1934-2003) was novelist and writer whose books includeRites: A Guatemalan Boyhood(1985) andThe Last Lords of Palenque(California, 1986).
Published November 8, 1993 by University of California Press. 297 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Perera tells us that Guatemala has death squads who specialize in killing and torturing children and that most massacres of Mayas in the highlands are committed by other Mayas whose communal and blood bonds have been warped by army officers who consider contemporary Mayas subhuman.

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This engrossing combination of reportage, personal narrative, oral testimony and ethnographic investigation focuses on four Guatemalan towns which have been the object of an ethnic extermination campaign by the military.

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