unique, intimate look into the People's War in Nepal provides
invaluable background to the world's most vigorous Maoist
movement, and insight into the theory and practice underlying
contemporary Maoism elsewhere in South Asia and globally.
Based on the author's reportage and interviews in guerrilla-controlled
areas in 1999, Dispatches from the People's War in Nepal
helps to explain why, five years later, the insurgency has
acquired control over most of the Nepali countryside."
Professor of History at Tufts University and
Coordinator of the Asian Studies Program
"In her dispatches from the
ongoing revolutionary war in Nepal, where she was the first,
and longest-staying, foreign journalist to report from the
Maoist-held areas, Li Onesto keeps up the committed, conscientious
revolutionary journalism of John Reed, George Orwell, and
Agnes Smedley. Building around the narratives of guerrilla
soldiers and their families, of group leaders, farmers,
local officials, teachers, and artists, she provides an
intimate and sympathetic view of the early stages of the
People's War while giving a sense of the arduous nature
of fighting a war in the Himalayas. Hers is probably the
best, if not only, account of how the Maoists built their
organization and movement, and of how they operate and govern."
author of Class, State and Struggle in Nepal: Writings
"'This lively, exciting and
enlightening presentation of the true portrait of the Maoist
insurgency in Nepal will help people to understand the real
state of affairs behind the 'People's War' waged by the
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to liberate the Nepalese
people from all kinds of exploitation and repression. The
most important value of this book lies in its serious analysis
of several human features of the Maoist Revolution with
on-the-spot descriptive facility."
independent left leader, senior human rights leader and
one of the facilitators in the peace talks between the Government
of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).
Served as the Minister of Health and Labor in the Nepalese
government, chairman of the Forum for Protection of Human
Rights, and founder of the "Save Democracy Movement".