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The Mexico City Reader (Paperback)

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 30/04/2004
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The Mexico City Reader is an anthology of ""cronicas"" - short texts that are a cross between literary essay and urban reportage - about life in Mexico City today. This is not the ""City of Palaces"" of yesteryear, but the vibrant, chaotic, anarchic city of the 1980s and 1990s - the city of garbage mafias, corrupt ex-presidents, and spectacular crime. Taken together in all their variety, these texts form a mosiac of life in Mexico City. Like the visitor wandering through the city streets, the reader should expect to be constantly surprised. Mexico City is one of Latin America's cultural capitals, and one of the most vibrant urban spaces in the world. Like the streets of the city, The Mexico City Reader is brimming with life, crowded with flaneurs, flirtatious students, Indian dancers, food vendors, fortune tellers, political activists, and peasant protesters. The writers include expert theorists - a panoply of writers from Carlos Monsivais and Jorge Ibaguengoitia to Fabrizio Mejia Madrid and Juieta Garcia Gonzalez - brought together precisely because they are experienced practitioners of the city.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299197148
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 481 g
Dimensions: 226 x 154 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Gathered under topical headings such as The Metro, Eating and Drinking, Corruption and Bureaucracy, Gallo has chosen some of the most engaging and lively chronicles of [Mexico City]." Jean Franco, author of "The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City: Latin America and the Cold War"


"In spite of its size, its proximity to the United States, and its extraordinarily vibrant cultural life, Mexico City remains almost invisible as a literary locale to North American readers who do not know Spanish. Ruben Gallo undertakes to fill this gap with his anthology of writings about the city, and he does so with great skill, insight, and verve." Maarten van Delden, author of "Carlos Fuentes, Mexico, and Modernity"

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