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Best Books About Mexico

Recommendations from 11 articles, Anthony Bourdain.
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The Labyrinth of Solitude
The Other Mexico, Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude, Mexico and the United States, the Philanthropic Ogre
Octavio Paz - Jan 12, 1994 (first published in 1950)
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Octavio Paz has long been acknowledged as Mexico's foremost writer and critic. In this international classic, Paz has written one of the most enduring and powerful works ever created on Mexico and its people, character, and culture. Compared to Ortega y Gasset's The Revolt of the Masses for its trenchant analysis, this collection contains his most ...
The Savage Detectives
A Novel
Roberto Bolano - Mar 04, 2008 (first published in 1998)
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New Year’s Eve, 1975: Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, founders of the visceral realist movement in poetry, leave Mexico City in a borrowed white Impala. Their quest: to track down the obscure, vanished poet Cesárea Tinajero. A violent showdown in the Sonora desert turns search to flight; twenty years later Belano and Lima are still on the run.The ex...
First Stop in the New World
Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st Century
David Lida - Jun 02, 2009 (first published in 2008)
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The definitive book on Mexico City: a vibrant, seductive, and paradoxical metropolis-the second-biggest city in the world, and a vision of our urban future. "First Stop in the New World" is a street-level panorama of Mexico City, the largest metropolis in the western hemisphere and the cultural capital of the Spanish- speaking world. Journalist Dav...
Under the Volcano
A Novel (P.S.)
Malcolm Lowry - Apr 10, 2007 (first published in 1947)
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"Lowry's masterpiece...has a claim to being regarded as one of the ten most consequential works of fiction produced in [the twentieth] century." Los Angeles TimesGeoffrey Firmin, a former British consul, has come to Quauhnahuac, Mexico. His debilitating malaise is drinking, an activity that has overshadowed his life. On the most fateful day of the...
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The Hummingbird's Daughter
Luis Alberto Urrea - Apr 03, 2006 (first published in 2005)
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The prizewinning writer Luis Alberto Urrea's long-awaited novel is an epic mystical drama of a young woman's sudden sainthood in late 19th-century Mexico.It is 1889, and the civil war is brewing in Mexico. Sixteen year old Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream...
The Power and the Glory
Dennis Cannan - Jan 06, 2011
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TragedyDenis Cannan and Pierre Bost, adapted from Graham Greene.Characters: 28 male, 9female, extrasUnit set, frags., travellers.In the revolutionary days of Mexico a priest decides to stay with his people in disguise rather than escape. It is little consolation, however. For wherever the priest goes with the Mass and the Sacraments, the police are...
The Mexico Reader
History, Culture, Politics (The Latin America Readers)
Gilbert M. Joseph - Jan 16, 2003 (first published in 2002)
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The Mexico Reader is a vivid introduction to muchos Méxicos—the many Mexicos, or the many varied histories and cultures that comprise contemporary Mexico. Unparalleled in scope and written for the traveler, student, and expert alike, the collection offers a comprehensive guide to the history and culture of Mexico—including its difficult, uneven mod...
What the Moon Saw
Laura Resau - Apr 08, 2008 (first published in 2006)
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Clara Luna's name means "clear moon" in Spanish. But lately, her head has felt anything but clear. One day a letter comes from Mexico, written in Spanish: Dear Clara, We invite you to our house for the summer. We will wait for you on the day of the full moon, in June, at the Oaxaca airport. Love, your grandparents. Fourteen-year-old Clara has never...
The Death of Artemio Cruz
A Novel (FSG Classics)
Carlos Fuentes - Feb 03, 2009 (first published in 1962)
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As the novel opens, Artemio Cruz, the all-powerful newspaper magnate and land baron, lies confined to his bed and, in dreamlike flashes, recalls the pivotal episodes of his life. Carlos Fuentes manipulates the ensuing kaleidoscope of images with dazzling inventiveness, layering memory upon memory, from Cruz's heroic campaigns during the Mexican Rev...
El Monstruo
Dread and Redemption in Mexico City
John Ross - Nov 24, 2009
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John Ross has been living in the old colonial quarter of Mexico City for the last three decades, a rebel journalist covering Mexico and the region from the bottom up. He is filled with a gnawing sense that his beloved Mexico City’s days as the most gargantuan, chaotic, crime-ridden, toxically contaminated urban stain in the western world are doomed...
Viva Frida
Yuyi Morales - Sep 02, 2014
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A 2015 Caldecott Honor BookA 2015 Pura Belpré (Illustrator) AwardFrida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases.Distinguished author/illustrator Yuyi Morales illuminates Frida's life and work i...
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos
Tequila Oil by Hugh Thomson
Mexico by James A. Michener
The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela