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Written by Subcomandante MarcosAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Subcomandante Marcos
Afterword by Ana CarriganAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Ana Carrigan
Edited by Juana Ponce De LeonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Juana Ponce De Leon
Foreword by Jose SaramagoAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Jose Saramago

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 522 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • On Sale: May 7, 2002
  • Price: $24.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-58322-472-4 (1-58322-472-6)
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, eBook and a hardcover.
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In this landmark book, Seven Stories Press presents a powerful collection of literary, philosophical, and political writings of the masked Zapatista spokesperson, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Introduced by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, and illustrated with beautiful black and white photographs, Our Word Is Our Weapon crystallizes “the passion of a rebel, the poetry of a movement, and the literary genius of indigenous Mexico.”

Marcos first captured world attention on January 1, 1994, when he and an indigenous guerrilla group calling themselves “Zapatistas” revolted against the Mexican government and seized key towns in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. In the six years that have passed since their uprising, Marcos has altered the course of Mexican politics and emerged an international symbol of grassroots movement-building, rebellion, and democracy. The prolific stream of poetic political writings, tales, and traditional myths that Marcos has penned since January 1, 1994 fill more than four volumes. Our Word Is Our Weapon presents the best of these writings, many of which have never been published before in English.

Throughout this remarkable book we hear the uncompromising voice of indigenous communities living in resistance, expressing through manifestos and myths the universal human urge for dignity, democracy, and liberation. It is the voice of a people refusing to be forgotten the voice of Mexico in transition, the voice of a people struggling for democracy by using their word as their only weapon.

“It’s a sin not to use Our Word Is Our Weapon in a modern dissent class.” — Faramarz Farbod, Moravian College