A Memoir of the Sandinista Revolution
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Duke University Press
Title Page, Copyright
Preface To The Spanish Edition Published in 2007: The Shadow of the Caudillo
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When this memoir was originally published, twenty years had passed since the 1979 triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, one of Latin America’s major twentieth-century . . .
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Iwant to thank Juan Cruz and Sealtiel Alatriste for conspiring to induce me to write these memoirs, and Carmen Lacambra as well. To Saúl Sosnowski, associate provost for international affairs, . . .
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The year 1999 marks twenty years since the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution. It is becoming part of the past, but it still rises up like a restless tide under my window to astound and . . .
1. Partial Confession
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Sergio, my eldest, and his sisters, María and Dorel, were born in San José, Costa Rica, Central America’s peaceful oasis from the clandestine cemeteries of the sixties. My wife, Tulita, and I had . . .
2. Saintly Living
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Ernesto Castillo, or Tito, as everyone has always called him, was a few years ahead of me in Law School in León. His family’s social status gave him connections to the world of finance and real . . .
3. The Age of Innocence
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At noon on July 20, 1979, guerrilla troops entered Managua’s Plaza de la Républica in triumph. In tremendous disarray, the combatants arrived on foot, in military trucks, on . . .
4. The Swan over the Burning Coals
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While I was watching the news one night recently, a young woman who is a friend of Sergio’s came in to speak with me from the hall where they had been talking. She said that her . . .
5. The Age of Malice
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Somoza could never understand why the United States had abandoned one of its own. He was bitter as he received Ambassador Lawrence Pezzullo’s visits during his final days in the . . .
6. Monkey on a Leash
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The offensive was set for a day in October 1977, and it was already September. The plans could not be postponed any longer, especially since Somoza had suffered a heart attack at the . . .
7. Manifest Destiny
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Anti-imperialism was always the most profound expression of the Sandinista movement. Sandino’s philosophy carried more weight than Leninist teachings from manuals. It was not just . . .
8. The Likely Number Thirteen
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Just a few days before they murdered Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, I received a note from him, signed with his initials. In it, he gave me the name of Leonardo Jerez, owner of the Búfalo pants factory . . .
9. Heaven on Earth
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Gaspar García Laviana exemplified a committed priest in the Sandinista revolutionary struggle. He was a missionary from the Sacred Heart order and a parish priest for the small town of . . .
10. The Year of the Pig
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On the morning of August 22, 1978, we were beginning a meeting of the Broad Opposition Front (FAO) in the Santa Marta Church’s sacristy. It was in preparation for the general strike, which . . .
11. Rivers of Milk and Honey
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After we had already been defeated in the 1990 elections, Dr. Emilio Álvarez Montalván, Nicaragua’s most respected Conservative ideologue, once commented that Sandinismo had brought . . .
12. The Palace at Last!
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After reaching a general agreement in Havana, the unification of the three Sandinista factions was signed on March 7, 1979, in Panama City at the apartment of William and Mercedes Graham . . .
13. Saturn’s Jaws
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Sooner or later, it would be time to sit down and hold talks with the Contra Directorate. Our political strategy previously centered on intransigence as we sought a military victory. Now . . .
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Irecently went to Indianapolis to give a talk at Butler University on being a creative writer. Before my presentation, I had a telephone interview with a reporter from the . . .
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Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 2011