Omar Cabezas Lacayo (born in León, Nicaragua) is a Nicaraguan author, revolutionary and politician. He was a commander in the guerrilla war against Somoza, and prominent Sandinista party member. He is perhaps most famous outside of Nicaragua for his book entitled Fire From the Mountain (published. Omar Cabezas, a typical guerrilla, writes with vivid descriptive powers and a flair for scenes. This work contains many useful analogies with recently appearing. Directed by Deborah Shaffer. With Omar Cabezas. Fire from the Mountain Poster · Add a Plot». Director: Deborah Shaffer. Writer: Omar Cabezas (book).

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To put this another way: At issue here is again the temporality of Revolution and its relation to history.

One view is the revolutions are eventspunctual interventions in history that transform or even overturn our sense of historical destiny. Hence they can be dated, often quite precisely: These dates are historical caesurae.

They mark the points at which the old order collapses and the new begins.

As such, they slice up history: Another view is that revolutions are best seen as processes. But surely these dates also mark the culmination of perhaps increasingly coordinated efforts to up-end the status quo and bring about new forms of society.

Fire from the Mountain by Omar Cabezas

Sometimes key events are cited as precursors. But in each case perhaps it would be better to look further back: But the establishment of these groups was itself the outcome of prior discontent and protest. How far back do you go?


In El Salvador, for instance, we might say that the ultimately, failed revolution there began with the creation cabfzas the FMLN in October,or with the formation of its constituent parts as small, revolutionary groups in the s and s. And other Latin American countries have similar histories of resistance and rebellion, to which subsequent revolutionary groups often pay homage in the names they choose for their organizations: For, especially from the point of view of outsiders, the Nicaraguan Revolution appeared to come from nowhere.

The final campaign that brought down the dictator Somoza was astonishingly brief, a matter of months rather than years.

Omar Cabezas

Previously, the FSLN had been known only for what was in effect merely a relatively high-profile publicity stunt: Yet Fire from the Mountain is dedicated to this period when the FSLN was mountaon, marginal, and ineffective, rather than to their tumultuous final campaign and ultimate victory. The point is that the narrative ends not with the revolutionary victory itself, but with the moment at which Cabezas feels that he can establish a continuity with the thee of Sandino himself, forty years earlier.

What I did feel was my own absurdity. Revolutionary time and historical time seem at odds in this profound crisis, which is only resolved subsequently, when Cabezas meets an elderly peasant, Don Leandro, who had fought with Sandino himself some two generations previously.


The time of the revolution can now be aligned with moountain time, mountxin a filial continuity is established between old Don Leandro and Cabezas himself, a fatherless son: The FSLN thus establishes an fromm and a historical justification for a contemporary struggle that otherwise seems misaligned with the time of the people, and of the city.

They usurp a national temporality, making themselves heirs to history: The revolution belatedly establishes its origin, only through the struggle itself—only, in other words, after the fighting has already cabeazs. But once that origin is established, then for Cabezas the battle is already won. There is no need to show the triumph of With that, no more needs to be said, and the book comes to an end, because it has finally found its beginning.

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