978-0-520-21183-4 / 0520211839

A New Time for Mexico: Translated from the Spanish by Marina Gutman Castaneda and the Author

by Fuentes, Carlos

Publisher:University of California Press



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This collection of essays by Carlos Fuentes, Mexican intellectual, man of letters and erstwhile diplomat, seeks to place his country's current convulsive state in a wider historical perspective. He discusses the Mexican Revolution of 1910 as a liberating moment, counterbalanced by a tendency toward a centralized authoritarianism that created the monolithic ruling party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, or PRI. Fuentes considers that the PRI was a progressive force originally, but that it became corrupted by the Mexican ruling class's elevation of Anglo-Saxon forms of government, and the application of "savage capitalism" to the detriment of the Mexican people. Fuentes also talks about recent events, including the assassination of his friend, Luis Donaldo Colosio, the PRI presidential candidate, and he includes an exchange with Subcommander Marcos, the Zapatista leader.

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