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Best Books About Mexico

Recommendations from 17 articles, Oprah Winfrey, Anthony Bourdain, Joe Hill and 7 others.
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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 - 1994-01-12 (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 ...
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The Savage Detectives
A Novel
Roberto Bolano - 2008-03-04 (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...
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The Power and the Glory
Dennis Cannan - 2011-01-06
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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...
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Pedro Paramo
Juan Rulfo - 1994-03-10 (first published in 1955)
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A classic of Mexican modern literature about a haunted village.As one enters Juan Rulfo's legendary novel, one follows a dusty road to a town of death. Time shifts from one consciousness to another in a hypnotic flow of dreams, desires, and memories, a world of ghosts dominated by the figure of Pedro Páramo - lover, overlord, murderer.Rulfo's extra...
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Sandra Cisneros - 2003-09-09 (first published in 2002)
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Every year, Ceyala "Lala" Reyes' family--aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, and Lala's six older brothers--packs up three cars and, in a wild ride, drive from Chicago to the Little Grandfather and Awful Grandmother's house in Mexico City for the summer. Struggling to find a voice above the boom of her brothers and to understand her place on this side...
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The Death of Artemio Cruz
A Novel (FSG Classics)
Carlos Fuentes - 2009-02-03 (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...
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Under the Volcano
A Novel (P.S.)
Malcolm Lowry - 2007-04-10 (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 Underdogs
A Novel of the Mexican Revolution (Penguin Classics)
Mariano Azuela - 2008-07-29 (first published in 1916)
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The greatest novel of the Mexican Revolution, in a brilliant new translation by an award-winning translatorThe Underdogs is the first great novel about the first great revolution of the twentieth century. Demetrio Macias, a poor, illiterate Indian, must join the rebels to save his family. Courageous and charismatic, he earns a generalship in Pancho...
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The Hummingbird's Daughter
Luis Alberto Urrea - 2006-04-03 (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...
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The Devil's Highway
A True Story
Luis Alberto Urrea - 2004-01-01
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The author of "Across the Wire" offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out....
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Down the Rabbit Hole
Juan Pablo Villalobos - 2012-10-02
Quesadillas by Juan Pablo Villalobos
The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia
Mexico by Enrique Krauze
The Mexico Reader by Gilbert M. Joseph
The Broken Spears by Miguel Leon-Portilla
What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau
I'll Sell You a Dog by Juan Pablo Villalobos
First Stop in the New World by David Lida
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo by F. G. Haghenbeck
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Mexico by James A. Michener
The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes
The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
Loteria by Mario Alberto Zambrano
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
Battles in the Desert and Other Stories by Jose Emilio Pacheco
The Conquest of Mexico by Hugh Thomas
The Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
This Is Mexico by Carol M. Merchasin
Terra Nostra by Carlos Fuentes
El Narco by Ioan Grillo
Conquistador by Buddy Levy
Massacre in Mexico by Elena Poniatowska
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
God's Middle Finger by Richard Grant
Frida by Hayden Herrera
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
El Monstruo by John Ross
Midnight in Mexico by Alfredo Corchado
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
The Years with Laura Díaz by Carlos Fuentes
Tequila Oil by Hugh Thomson