Synopses & Reviews
is a grand narrative driven by 3,000 years of history: the Indian world, the Spanish invasion, Independence, the 1910 Revolution, the tragic lives of workers in assembly plants along the border, and the experiences of millions of Mexicans who live in the United States. Mexico is seen here as if it were a person, but in the Aztec way; the mind, the heart, the winds of life; and on every page there are portraits and stories: artists, shamans, teachers, a young Maya political leader; the rich few and the many poor. Earl Shorris is ingenious at finding ways to tell this story: prostitutes in the Plaza Loreto launch the discussion of economics; we are taken inside two crucial elections as Mexico struggles toward democracy; we watch the creation of a popular "telenovela" and meet the country's greatest living intellectual. The result is a work of magnificent scope and profound insight into the divided soul of Mexico.
A Best Book of 2004. "A work of scope and profound insight into the divided soul of Mexico."--
A San Francisco ChronicleBest Book of 2004. "A work of scope and profound insight into the divided soul of Mexico." History Today
About the Author
Earl Shorris is the author of Under the Fifth Sun: A Novel of Pancho Villa, Latinos: A Biography of the People, In the Language of Kings: An Anthology of Mesoamerican Literature (with Miguel León-Portilla), and many other books. He received the National Humanities Medal and the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle. He lives in New York City.