The Fighting Spirit of East Timor: The life of Martinho da Costa Lopes by Rowena Lennox

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October 2000, no. 225

The Fighting Spirit of East Timor: The life of Martinho da Costa Lopes by Rowena Lennox

Pluto Press, $32.95 pb, 287 pp

The Fighting Spirit of East Timor: The life of Martinho da Costa Lopes by Rowena Lennox

by
October 2000, no. 225

As bookshops and bestseller lists fill up with new biographies about celebrities, criminals, tycoons, and sporting heroes, Pluto Press has come out with the story of a small, fat, generally unheard-of priest, Monsignor Martinho da Costa Lopes. Unlike the mega-books it fails completely to surprise us with the sexual preferences of the famous or inform us how to make a million dollars over lunch. Its subject, Dom Martinho, is free of such ordeals as poorly executed facelifts, nosy tax officers or greedy agents. His main concerns are cruder – how to stay alive and to help others stay alive when faced with the brutality of an oppressive, harsh regime.

Richard Lunn reviews 'The Fighting Spirit of East Timor: The life of Martinho da Costa Lopes' by Rowena Lennox

The Fighting Spirit of East Timor: The life of Martinho da Costa Lopes

by Rowena Lennox

Pluto Press, $32.95 pb, 287 pp

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