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The 10 Best Mexican History Books
Late in January, I visited Mexico City. I escaped the frigid temperatures of the Midwest and dove into the world of sunlight and open-air bookstores, agave plants and early-morning tamales. But as I left, I had an important question: What should I bring to read? What books about Mexico City would best occupy me while I saw and explored the real thing? There are so many Mexican and Mexican-American authors that I should have read way earlier! As I visited the best bookish places in Mexico City , I dug into some of this fiction, and looked for these books on the shelves. This is what I read throughout nearly my entire trip, and it was a sheer joy.
This is not your typical book, but a collection of articles written by the author over a five year period for his column, The Page Turner, in the English newspaper, The Mazatlan Messenger. The articles written by the author for The Page Turner run the gamut. He has written about Pancho Villa, as well as Carlos Slim. Now, more than a dozen years later comes 'The Mexico Diaries', a lively romp through the Mexican underbrush. In this humorous, fast-paced memoir, the reader meets eccentric travelers, corrupt cops, dangerous animals, esoteric shamans, narco henchmen, and colorful locals, all while experiencing sustainability boot camp, and the joys and sorrows of ranch life in Mexico. In the city of Puebla there lived an American who made himself into the richest man in Mexico. Driven by a steely desire to prove himself — first to his wife's family, then to Mexican elites — William O.
Down The Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos
One of the only non-fiction entries on this list comes from the incomparable journalist and writer Elena Poniatowska , with her social history of the devastating earthquake that flattened many parts of Mexico City. A classic of Chilean literature , The Savage Detectives is actually set in Mexico City and expertly weaves its tale through the streets of this vast capital. Based in , it follows a year-old poet as he gets immersed in the world of a strange literary movement, all the while navigating the streets of Mexico City. Despite being infinitely better known for On The Road, he was also the author of a novella based entirely in Mexico City; Tristessa. Set predominantly in the historic centre and La Roma, Tristessa follows his turbulent relationship with a Mexican prostitute. Despite her real name being Esperanza hope , he nicknames her Tristessa an Anglicization of tristeza, or sadness. Each story gives a fresh perspective on the megalopolis of Mexico City through the eyes of those that have just arrived, making it an interesting read for both those who have been before and those who have yet to stop by.
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