Synopses & Reviews
This is the story of Refugio, whose family has worked in the mines of Northern Mexico for generations. Jobs are scarce, so scarce in fact that owners often fail to pay their workers, knowing that others will come to take their place. Refugio's grandfather dies of silicosis, while his father is reduced to part-time work, but Refugio plans to follow in their footsteps and takes it as rejection when his brother Antonio refuses to let him enter the mines. Implicit in the novel is a view of the human condition as predetermined, tragic, and above all self-contradictory.