lunes, 29 de febrero de 2016

Mexicanos perdidos en México (2016): February Links

Balas de plata by Élmer Mendoza
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As far as I know, none of the other four "honorary Mexicans" committed to reading something for Mexicanos perdidos en México (2016) with me has gotten around to reviewing a Mexican title for the event yet.  The good news is that they--and you, should you choose to join us--still have until May 15th to get off the schneid.  The bad news is that my own two links above obviously constitute a rather puny pretext for posting this end of the month wrap-up list!  To help make up for that, here's an interesting February 2016 post from The Modern Novel blog on This is what there is (not): literature in Mexico 2016 (itself based on a piece by Geney Beltrán Félix) to help tide you over to March.  Speaking of which, my own Mexican reading plans for March include fiction by Nellie Campobello, Elena Garro and/or Valeria Luiselli, nonfiction by Sergio González Rodríguez and maybe Juan Villoro, and fiction + nonfiction in the form of Sergio Pitol's genre-bending El mago de Viena.  I'm trying to alternate Spanish and English blog posts here these days, by the way, but hopefully that means there will eventually be something for everybody in the language of your choice.  Or not.  Hasta pronto.

10 comentarios:

  1. I'm halfway through Pedro Páramo! Expect a post soon. A remarkable book. It's like Don Quixote, changing the world.

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    1. Glad to hear you're enjoying Pedro Páramo so much. I read it a long time ago now, but there's a newish critical edition of it that keeps calling my name!

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    2. Is the newish critical edition in English? I've been poking around, looking for criticism about Rulfo. There is a lot of it, but of course it's almost all in Spanish, so mostly beyond me, dammit. Which means that a good critical edition in English would be a blessing.

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    3. Alas, that critical edition I mentioned is in Spanish. I don't know if it'd interest you or not, but Luis Harss has a 1966 book called Into the Mainstream: Conversations with Latin American Writers which has a chapter on Rulfo that might be worth a gander given the dearth of criticism on him in English. I was thinking of writing about the chapter before the end of our event, but it will surely be better reading when unmediated by me!

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  2. I've started reading something for this. Neither my reading nor posts about reading are going well though so far this year.

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    1. No worries. I'll look forward to whatever you have to say whenever you get around to it.

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  3. I'm reading Pedro Páramo too - a gap in my reading I've long needed to fill - plus another short work by a contemporary Mexican writer.

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    1. A Pedro Páramo blowout seems like my kind of party. Hope you're enjoying it!

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  4. I hadn't committed previously, as I wasn't sure I'd have time (still not sure, actually...), but a short string of events means that Perdro Páramo is making its way to my local library for my reading pleasure, so with any luck, I will be able to join in the fun! (And it looks like Perdo is quite the "it" title of the Mexicans lost in Mexico season...)

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    1. Great to hear, Amanda, but of course no worries if things don't work out for one reason or an other. Still, it'd be great to hear what you think of Rulfo's "it" novel (love that characterization of its popularity for this event!). Cheers!

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