Wednesday, December 28, 2011 |
Growing up in a family of revolutionaries, Carmen Aguirre often felt torn between her desire to live a "normal" life, filled with music, shopping, friends and boys, and the life of a resistance fighter, proudly dedicated to bringing down the Pinochet regime in Chile.
This inner conflict is at the heart of her memoir, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter. Carmen's internal struggle lasted for years. She always felt pulled in different directions, unsure if what she was doing was the right thing and how she could balance a personal life and a political one.
In the audio player below, Carmen Aguirre reads a passage from Something Fierce in which she realizes how difficult some sacrifices a revolutionary has to make are.
Can't get enough of Something Fierce? Check out another excerpt here.
Something Fierce will be defended by rapper Shad in the Canada Reads 2012 debates. The debates will air at 11 a.m. (11:30 a.m. in Nfld.) on CBC Radio One and will be livestreamed on CBC Books at 10 a.m. ET on February 6,7, 8 and 9.