Life Stories of the Nicaraguan Revolution delineates the human dimension of the Nicaraguan conflict, revealing what it is like to live in Nicaragua today. Through conversations with Denis Heyck, twenty Nicaraguans--powerful and powerless, rich and poor, government and oppostion, educated and illiterate--tell their fascinating stories. What emerges is the picture of a shattered society, capturing twin features of Nicaragua's revolutionary experience: idealism and suffering.
I: Preface and Introduction II: Political Lives 1. Reinaldo Tefal: Minister-President, Nicaraguan Institute for Social Security and Social Welfare (INSSBI) 2. Violetta Chamorro: Owner and Publisher of Anti-government Newspaper La Prensa 3. Doris Maria Tijerino: Chief of National Police 4. Lino Hernandez: President of Anti-government Human Right Commission 5. Leticia Herrera: National Coordinator, Sandinista Defence Committees 6. Manuel Calderon: Political Ideology, Ministry of the Interior (MINT) 7. Gilberto Cuadra: President of the Anti-government Superior Council of Private Enterprise 8. Veronica Caceres: Psychology Professor, National University (UNAN) 9. Maribel Duriez: Graduate Student and Sandinista Activist, UNAN III: Religious Lives 1. Luz Beatriz Arellano: Franciscan Nun, Associate Director of the Antonio Valdivieso Ecumenical Center 2. Cesar Gomez: Hardware Store Employee, and Member of Christian Base Community 3. Juvencio Salgado: Secondary School Student and Member of Christian Base Community 4. Oswaldo Mondragon: Rector of the Purisima Seminary and Spokesman for Traditional Catholic Church 5. Miriam Lazo: Founder and overall Coordinator of Child Care Facilities and Rehabilitation Centers for INSSBI 6. Vidaluz Meneses: Poet, Associate Minister of Culture 7. Lidia Saavedra: Mother of President Daniel Ortega Saavedra 8. Sturdie Downs: Anglican Archbishop of Diocese of Nicaragua IV: Survivors 1. Ernesto Flores: Uprooted Campesino, Former Woodcutter, Relocated to City 2. Guihermina Fiedler: Owner of Small Private Business, and Member through marriage of German Immigrant Community 3. Maria Morga and Marlene Rocha: Campesinas, Domestic Workers in the City 4. Ariel Duran: Physician and Head of Patient Services, Manolo Morales hospital in Managua 5. Nubia Gomez: Elementary School Teacher and Principal 6. Maurico Rocha and Carmen Blandon: Unemployed Bartender and his Mother-in-law, who works as a Laundress 7. Adan Torres: Retired Handyman, emigrating to the U.S. 8. Aida Gutierrez: High School Senior studying to be a Nurse Afterword