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Sandinismo

Jonathan Steele

19 December 1985
Fire from the Mountain: The Making of a Sandinista 
by Omar Cabezas, translated by Kathleen Weaver.
Cape, 233 pp., £9.95, September 1985, 0 224 02814 6
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... the power-brokers of the Reagan Administration cannot understand. The core of Sandinismo is not an ‘imported’ ideology, but its exact opposite: resistance to ‘exported’ foreign domination. OmarCabezas’s vigorous, funny and self-deprecating account of his four-year odyssey in the mountains of northern Nicaragua as a young guerrilla volunteer expresses the spirit of Sandinismo more fully ...

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Edward Said

7 May 1987
The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey 
by Salman Rushdie.
Picador, 171 pp., £2.95, January 1987, 0 330 29990 5
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Turning the Tide: US Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace 
by Noam Chomsky.
Pluto, 298 pp., £5.95, September 1986, 0 7453 0184 3
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... epics of India and Pakistan: here the son of such a state journeys to another part of the world to watch a similar process, presided over by the spirit of Garcia Marquez, the fiction and poetry of OmarCabezas and Sergio Ramirez, infused with the will of guerrillas, punctuated by the discontinuities, absences and ruins of Nicaraguan history made actual in the unfilled craters and unrepaired ...

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