Mexico City Reader

ISBN-10: 029919714X

ISBN-13: 9780299197148

Edition: 2004

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nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Mexico City is one of Latin America’s cultural capitals, and one of the most vibrant urban spaces in the world. The Mexico City Reader is an anthology of "Cronicas"—short, hybrid texts that are part literary essay, part urban reportage—about life in the capital. This is not the "City of Palaces" of yesteryear, but the vibrant, chaotic, anarchic urban space of the1980s and 1990s—the city of garbage mafias, necrophiliac artists, and kitschy millionaires. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Like the visitor wandering through the city streets, the reader will be constantly surprised by the visions encountered in this mosaic of writings—a textual space brimming with life and crowded with flâneurs, flirtatious students, Indian dancers, food vendors, fortune tellers, political activists, and peasant protesters. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;The essays included in this anthology were written by a panoply of writers, from well-known authors like Carlos Monsiváis and Jorge Ibagüengoitia to younger figures like Fabrizio Mejía Madrid and Juieta García González, all of whom are experienced practitioners of the city. The texts collected in this anthology are among the most striking examples of this concomitant "theory and practice" of Mexico City, that most delirious of megalopolises.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 8/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 366
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Ilan Stavans is the author of "The Hispanic Condition", "The Riddle of Cantinflas", & "The One-Handed Pianist & Other Stories" as well as the editor of "The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories" & a dictionary of Spanglish, among other volumes. He has been a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee & the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship & the Latino Literature Prize, among other honors. He teaches at Amherst College.

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Acknowledgments
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Introduction: Delirious Mexico City
Mexico City on Paper
Mexico, City of Paper
Places
Insurgentes
Zona Rosa, 1965
San Rafael
Coyoacan I
Coyoacan II
Division del Norte
Plaza Satelite
Las Lomas I
Las Lomas II
The Metro
The Metro
Voyage to the Center of the City
Metro Insurgentes
The Metro: A Voyage to the End of the Squeeze
Monuments
Monuments
La Diana
Eating and Drinking
The Chinese Cafe
Armando's Tortas
Vips in the Early Morning
Nightlife
Urban Renewal/Urban Disasters
Call the Doctor
Tacubaya, 1978
Avenida Alvaro Obregon, 1979
San Juan de Letran
Ambulantes
Cuauhtemoc
"Who's There?" The Art of Opening and Closing the Door
Klaxons and the Man
The Earthquake
The Earthquake
Maids
Maids I
Maids II
Chapultepec and the Maids
Corruption and Bureaucracy
Trimmins for the Comanche
In the Same Boat
The University
The Margins
Garbage
Semefo: The Morgue
Bibliography
Contributors
Index of Mexico City Streets
General Index
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