A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala

A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala

Paperback The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies

By (author) W.George Lovell

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  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 15mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Austin, TX
  • ISBN 10: 0292721838
  • ISBN 13: 9780292721838
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 27 b&w photographs, 1 map

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Though a 1996 peace accord brought a formal end to a conflict that had lasted for thirty-six years, Guatemala's violent past continues to scar its troubled present and seems destined to haunt its uncertain future. George Lovell brings to this revised and expanded edition of A Beauty That Hurts decades of fieldwork throughout Guatemala, as well as archival research. He locates the roots of conflict in geographies of inequality that arose during colonial times and were exacerbated by the drive to develop Guatemala's resources in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The lines of confrontation were entrenched after a decade of socioeconomic reform between 1944 and 1954 saw modernizing initiatives undone by a military coup backed by U.S. interests and the CIA. A United Nations Truth Commission has established that civil war in Guatemala claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people, the vast majority of them indigenous Mayas. Lovell weaves documentation about what happened to Mayas in particular during the war years with accounts of their difficult personal situations. Meanwhile, an intransigent elite and a powerful military continue to benefit from the inequalities that triggered armed insurrection in the first place. Weak and corrupt civilian governments fail to impose the rule of law, thus ensuring that Guatemala remains an embattled country where post-war violence and drug-related crime undermine any semblance of orderly, peaceful life.

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Table of contents

Preface Part One: Struggle and Survival 1. Q'anjob'al Canadian; 2. Nobel K'iche'; 3. Jakaltek American; 4. Dona Magdalena; 5. Through a Lens, Darkly; 6. Devils and Angels Part Two: Blood and Ink 7. The Delivery Man; 8. Into the Fire; 9. Peace of the Dead; 10. Futility at the Polls; 11. Civilian Rule; 12. A Militarized Society; 13. The Daily News; 14. The Fiction of Democracy; 15. Searching for Peace; 16. Scarred by War; 17. How Was Guatemala? Part Three: Spaniards, Ladinos, and the Enduring Maya 18. The Colonial Experience; 19. The Century after Independence; 20. Arbenz and the Fruit Company; 21. The T-Shirt Parade; 22. Natives in the Backcountry Epilogue; A Guatemalan Gallery; Sources and Commentary