NEW — WALKING WITH EVARISTO: A MEMOIR OF CELEBRATION AND TRAGEDY IN THE LAND OF THE ACHí MAYA by Christian Nill (Guatemala)

 

To do the thing that was necessary — wasn’t that at the heart of our mission? And wasn’t it obvious what we needed to do? Plant trees; teach others to plant trees; save the crops from the inexorable forces of erosion.  . . .  but was that the only task that would be needed of us?”

(Guatemala 1978–82)

 

Walking with Evaristo is a gripping journey — at turns lyrical, occasionally boisterous — venturing deep into the heart of a breathtakingly beautiful country torn by strife. And as the story unfolds, it also becomes a radical exercise in the recovery of personal memory.

Nill chronicles three turbulent years working as a Peace Corps volunteer in a deeply traditional Mayan community that fell under the shadow of the sinister forces of oppression. Immersing his readers in the vibrant tapestry of life in a town called Rabinal, the author gradually becomes a witness to Guatemala’s escalating civil war — and a brutal counterinsurgency campaign that could only be called genocide.

Through his intimate reflections as an environmental professional and as a witness, Nill confesses his shortcomings while at the same time forcing us to think hard about America’s role in perpetuating the conditions of oppression. Prepare to be immersed in a thought-provoking odyssey that intertwines the personal and political. Walking With Evaristo is a poignant memoir that will forever change how you perceive the world.

    

 

Walking With Evaristo: A Memoir of Celebration and Tragedy in the Land of the Achí Maya

Peace Corps memoir

Walking with Evaristo: A Memoir of Celebration and Tragedy in the Land of the AchÍ Maya
Christian Nill (Guatemala 1978–82)
Peace Corps Writers
May 2024
383 pages
$16.99 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle)

 

 

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  • Quite possibly the best RPCV memoir that I’ve ever read. And it his close to “home,” as the Mayan Indian community that gave Chris his lived experience is just down the road from San Miguel Chicaj, the Achi village where Cathy and I served (1988-91).

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