Lima: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (Colección: Debate. Sociedad), 2018. First Edition. Paperback. 130p., bibl., wrps. New. Item #69311
In "Guerras del interior", an award-winning book of journalistic chronicles, Edwin Chota returns to his Ashaninka roots to fight illegal logging in the Amazonian community of Saweto, until he is killed by gunmen. Máxima Acuña, a farmer and shepherdess in the Andes of Cajamarca, is reluctant to abandon what she considers her property, despite the presence of the Conga mining project, which seeks to extract gold in the same place. Osman Cuñachí, an eleven year old, appears to be bathed in oil in a photo that travels the world and provides proof of a spill that contaminated the Nazareth community, and the river where the Awajún swam and fished. Through these real-life narratives, author Joseph Zarate seeks to denounce the social, economic, political, and environmental wars that wreaked havoc in the interior of Peru. They also illuminate the personal, psychological, and emotional wars of men and women who defend and preserve their lands, customs, and identities.