The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution (Penguin Classics)

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The greatest novel of the Mexican Revolution, in a brilliant new translation by an award-winning translator
The Underdogs is the first great novel about the first great revolution of the twentieth century. Demetrio Macias, a poor, illiterate Indian, must join the rebels to save his family. Courageous and charismatic, he earns a generalship in Pancho Villa s army, only to become discouraged with the cause after it becomes hopelessly factionalized. At once a spare, moving depiction of the limits of political idealism, an authentic representation of Mexico s peasant life, and a timeless portrait of revolution, The Underdogsis an iconic novel of the Latin American experience and a powerful novel about the disillusionment of war."

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By Azuela, Mariano [ [ The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution (Penguin Classics) ] ] Aug-2008[ Paperback ]

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aAzuela . . . marries a natural gift for fiction to his eyewitness analysis. Events come quickly, and the dialogueaexpertly and sometimes thrillingly rendered by translator Waismanawhips us along.a
a "Los Angeles Times"
a"The Underdogs" stands for the Mexican Revolution as "The Red Badge of Courage" stands for the American Civil War.a
a"The New York Sun"
aAlmost a century after its first publication, Mariano Azuelaas "The Underdogs" is as timely a documentary of war as ever. Darfur, Sarajevo, Baghdad, or Bogota; this is not only a novel of the Mexican Revolution, but also of our own contemporary madness, and Sergio Waismanas translation captures its full force and fervor.a
aSandra Cisneros, author of "The House on Mango Street"
aA classic novel of the Mexican Revolution, "The Underdogs" is a work not only of unquestionable artistic value, but also of courage, sensitivity, and dedication by a writer of great literary and historical significance.a
aPresident Vicente Fox
aAzuela, more than any other novelist of the Mexican Revolution, lifts the heavy stone of history to see what there is underneath it.a
aCarlos Fuentes, from the "Foreword"
aAn essential book for Mexico, about the first revolution of the twentieth century. Mariano Azuelaas pen is a warm gun, and Sergio Waismanas translation, introduction, and notes are as vivid, well aimed, and sharp as the gunshots in the battle.a
aElena Poniatowska
aA lively translation of a Latin American classic that takes us into Mexicoas violent and spirited first days.a
aJulio Ortega, Brown University
a"The Underdogs" is one of the most original attempts at inventing a revolutionary styleto narrate the upheaval unleashed by the Mexican Revolution. Sergio Waismanas brilliant translation replicates the rapid-fire intensity of Mariano Azuelaas Spanish prose. Required reading for anyone interested in twentieth- century history.a
aRuben Gallo, Princeton University
aSergio Waismanas lively new translation of this fast-paced novel skillfully captures the different dialectsa peasant and lumpenaand the political rhetoric at the heart of the Mexican Revolution.a
aJean Franco, Columbia University

Azuela . . . marries a natural gift for fiction to his eyewitness analysis. Events come quickly, and the dialogue expertly and sometimes thrillingly rendered by translator Waisman whips us along.
"Los Angeles Times"
"The Underdogs" stands for the Mexican Revolution as "The Red Badge of Courage" stands for the American Civil War.
"The New York Sun"
Almost a century after its first publication, Mariano Azuela s "The Underdogs" is as timely a documentary of war as ever. Darfur, Sarajevo, Baghdad, or Bogota; this is not only a novel of the Mexican Revolution, but also of our own contemporary madness, and Sergio Waisman s translation captures its full force and fervor.
Sandra Cisneros, author of "The House on Mango Street"
A classic novel of the Mexican Revolution, "The Underdogs" is a work not only of unquestionable artistic value, but also of courage, sensitivity, and dedication by a writer of great literary and historical significance.
President Vicente

?Azuela . . . marries a natural gift for fiction to his eyewitness analysis. Events come quickly, and the dialogue?expertly and sometimes thrillingly rendered by translator Waisman?whips us along.?
? "Los Angeles Times"
?"The Underdogs" stands for the Mexican Revolution as "The Red Badge of Courage" stands for the American Civil War.?
?"The New York Sun"
?Almost a century after its first publication, Mariano Azuela's "The Underdogs" is as timely a documentary of war as ever. Darfur, Sarajevo, Baghdad, or Bogota; this is not only a novel of the Mexican Revolution, but also of our own contemporary madness, and Sergio Waisman's translation captures its full force and fervor.?
?Sandra Cisneros, author of "The House on Mango Street"
?A classic novel of the Mexican Revolution, "The Underdogs" is a work not only of unquestionable artistic value, but also of courage, sensitivity, and dedication by a writer of great literary and historical significance.?

"Mariano Azuela, more than any other novelist of the Mexican Revolution, lifts the heavy stone of history to see what there is underneath it."--Carlos Fuentes

Mariano Azuela, more than any other novelist of the Mexican Revolution, lifts the heavy stone of history to see what there is underneath it. Carlos Fuentes (from the Foreword)"

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