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The Tattooed Soldier

Héctor Tobar                                                                                                         



Forgiveness | Reconciliation |Peace

“All the brooms on the streets now—they were definitely an act of love. The sweeping and the sweeping, strangers meeting to collect a treasure of shimmering shards. We are cleaning now. Here is the true brotherhood of the city. But the brooms could not do their work without the fields of broken glass, without the soggy ashes that covered the sidewalks.” (p. 306)

Critical Thinking and Discussion Questions

  • There is some medical evidence that people who can forgive lead healthier lives than those who are resentful. So why are we at such a loss to forgive other people?
  • What is required in the act of forgiveness?
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Arnson, Cynthia J. (1999). Comparative peace processes in Latin America. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. F1414.2 .C573 1999

Biggar, Nigel. (2001). Burying the past: making peace and doing justice after civil conflict. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. JC578 .B49 2001
See the chapter by Alexandra Barahona de Brito, “War, peace, and the politics of memory in Guatemala.”

Hardimon, Michael O. (1994). Hegel's social philosophy: the project of reconciliation.
New York: Cambridge University Press. B2949.S6 H35 1994

Jonas, Susanne. (2000). Of centaurs and doves: Guatemala's peace process. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. F1466.7 .J66 2000

Long, William. (2003). War and reconciliation: reason and emotion in conflict resolution. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. JZ5597 .L66 2003

Minow, Martha. (1998). Between vengeance and forgiveness: facing history after genocide and mass violence. Boston: Beacon Press. Library ebook

Rigby, Andrew. (2001). Justice and reconciliation: after the violence. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers. JC578 .R54 2001

Schimmel, Solomon. (2002). Wounds not healed by time: the power of repentance and forgiveness. New York: Oxford University Press. BJ1476 .S34 2002

Videos / DVDs
Available at the Library Media Center, Library North 3rd Fl.

Forging peace in Guatemala. FLIC87417
Presents portraits of three Mayan women and their efforts on behalf of peace as a result of a 36-year civil war in Guatemala.

Making peace. HT1521 .M25
v. 1 Soul survivors -- v. 2 Youth struggling for survival -- v. 3 Ending domestic violence -- v. 4 The Sheenway experiment -- v. 5 Turn-a-lot-around -- v. 6 The underground railroad -- v. 7 Facing racism

Rigoberta Menchu: broken silence. FLIC87352
Focuses on 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Web Resources

Carnegie Council. History, education and reconciliation in Guatemala.

International Center for Transitional Justice. What is transitional justice?

Nobel Foundation. Rigoberto Menchú Tum – Nobel peace prize laureate 1992.

Nonviolence United.

Restorative Justice Online. Resources.

United Nations Peacebuilding Commission.

United Nations. Statement by the Delegation of Guatemala before the Security Council on the question of ‘National reconciliation in post-conflict situations: the role of the United Nations’.

United States Institute of Peace.

United States Institute of Peace: Peace Agreements Digital Collection – Guatemala.



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