Vacy Vlazna is a poet and a skilled story teller building a hands-on, vigorous, humanitarian account of East Timor's freedom struggle. There is much to admire and enjoy in this compelling story of courage and of sophisticated political analysis coloured by a commitment to a common humanity on behalf of the people of now Timor Leste.
Her focus on the daily lives of a poor, but not always powerless, people will not be repeated in any official, diplomatic account. That is the originality and the value of this reveille for Timor.
Learn from the brave, resolute Timorese people and their supporters. Admire the value of independence and the vision needed to get there. Grasp the stamina, love, courage and the humour which peppers the pages of this book. Em. Prof. Stuart Rees OA.
ISBN : 978-1-78830-651-5
Pages : 338
Size : 205x140
Imprint : Olympia Publishers
Vacy Vlazna migrated as a child, with her political refugee parents, from Czechoslovakia to Australia. Her work background is teaching and academia with a doctorate in literature. She was involved in the Australian solidarity movement for East Timor since 1995 and served in East Timor with UNAMET and UNTAET. She is a recipient of the Australian Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal. She writes political commentary on a number of independent online magazines. Vacy lives in Sydney.