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Recollections of Things to Come

ISBN-10: 0292770065
ISBN-13: 9780292770065
Edition: 1969
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Description: This remarkable first novel depicts life in the small Mexican town of Ixtepec during the grim days of the Revolution. The town tells its own story against a variegated background of political change, religious persecution, and social unrest. Miss  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 1969
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1969
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 299
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

This remarkable first novel depicts life in the small Mexican town of Ixtepec during the grim days of the Revolution. The town tells its own story against a variegated background of political change, religious persecution, and social unrest. Miss Garro, who has also won a high reputation as a playwright, is a masterly storyteller. Although her plot is dramatically intense and suspenseful, the novel does not depend for its effectiveness on narrative continuity. It is a book of episodes, one that leaves the reader with a series of vivid impressions. The colors are bright, the smells pungent, the many characters clearly drawn in a few bold strokes. Octavio Paz, the distinguished poet and critic, has written that it "is truly an extraordinnary work, one of the most perfect creations in contemporary Latin American literature."

Best known as a dramatist, Elena Garro won the important Premio Xavier Villaurrutia in 1963 for the novel Recollections of Things to Come. The interior world of the characters' memories of life in Ixtepec during the Cristero Rebellion of 1926-28 is narrated dramatically in poetic prose that makes considerable use of Aztec mythology in its creation of a myth of Mexican women. A choreographer, script writer, and journalist, Elena Garro was at one time married to the Mexican poet Octavio Paz.

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