[TimorLesteStudies] INVITE to the Melbourne Book Launch for "XANANA: Leader of the Struggle for Independent Timor-Leste"

Sara Niner saraniner at gmail.com
Tue Nov 17 16:14:38 EST 2009

Leader of the Struggle for Independent Timor-Leste"
*by Sara Niner*


*Book Launch Human Rights Day
Thursday 10 December 2009 6-8pm
at the Bella Union Trades Hall
crn Lygon, Russell and Victoria Sts Carlton


*Launched by Terry Bracks

*Timorese and World Music by Zelda Da**

*For more information about the author and the book go to**
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*This is the political biography of Xanana Gusmão, leader of the East
Timorese struggle for self-determination and first President of the new
nation of Timor-Leste. *

*Twenty-four years of warfare with Indonesia transformed Xanana from an
apolitical outsider into a tough guerrilla commander and, ultimately, the
central unifying figure of East Timorese nationalism.*

*In 1999, upon his bittersweet homecoming after years of imprisonment in
Indonesia, Xanana faced the unenviable task of leading a traumatised people
out of the terrifying violence and destruction that ended the Indonesian
occupation. Today, the politics of East Timor remain volatile and complex,
and many challenges still exist for this tiny new nation.*

*This is the story of a remarkable man and gifted leader.*

Dr. Sara Niner is a writer, research consultant and Honorary Research
Associate at Monash University where she has recently finished a
Post-Doctoral Fellowship focussing on women, handcrafts and development in
Timor-Leste. She is the editor of 'To Resist is to Win: the Autobiography of
Xanana Gusmão with selected letters and speeches' (2000).
*Please come and celebrate and please pass this on.
Thanks Sara*
*To purchase the book on-line go to http://www.scholarly.info/purchase.htm*
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