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Thanks to God and the Revolution
The Oral History of a Nicaraguan Family
Dianne Walta Hart

Winner of the 1991 Chicago Women in Publishing Award

In a restaurant in Estelí, Nicaragua, Dianne Walta Hart, a visiting American scholar, and Marta Lopez, member of a Nicaraguan women's organization, began to talk of the Sandinista revolution and of the changes it had brought, especially for women. Their conversation was to continue at intervals over the next four years; it expanded to include Marta's mother, Doña María, her sister, Leticia, and her brother, Omar, a Sandinista soldier. From these conversations has come the powerful and moving oral history of a Nicaraguan family in the twentieth century: a testimonial by ordinary people caught up in civil strife and living in a country devastated by war and inflation.

Laying bare the inner workings of the Lopez family, Dianne Walta Hart evokes a picture of a close-knit and loving family. Tracing their story from the years of repression and guerrilla activity under Somoza through an era of personal and political revolution in the 1970s and 1980s, she shows people persevering against every kind of adversity.

Diana Walta Hart is senior instructor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Oregon State University, Corvallis.

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Hart's book is pale green with a photograph of a girl walking outside a building

October 1990
LC: 90-050090 F
306 pp.  6 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-12610-0
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