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Single mother of three sons, Angélica works as a free-lance house cleaner. She speaks about the varieties of nostalgia felt by migrants, and of arriving at a profound gratitude for life.
THEMES AND LINKS
This is a very personal selection—it’s not trying to be comprehensive. We’re always happy to receive suggestions for more themes, items and links!
The Mexican Revolution
There is a huge amount of material about this violent period, still very much alive in the generational memory of modern Mexico. For a basic recounting of events, the Wikipedia article in English is a good starting place; it has a particularly strong bibliography: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Revolution
Here is a very personal line-up of works of fiction or political commentary that deal with some human aspects of the Revolution:
Barbarous Mexico, John Kenneth Turner, 1909
NOVELS (these are all translations from Spanish)
Mariano Azuela, The Underdogs (1916/1929)
Agustín Yáñez, The Edge of the Storm (1947/1963)
Carlos Fuentes, The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962/1964)
¡Viva Zapata! (1952), no less than Marlon Brando as Zapata.
Roger Bartra on Mexican melancholy (a translation from Spanish):
The Cage of Melancholy (1987/1992)
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