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Blood relations: a novelUser Review - Book Verdict
This is an intense, dark, poetic exploration of a world drenched in fatalism and syncretic Mexican Catholicism. Like generations of Mexican men, Refugio's grandfather, father, and brother labor, sicken, and die in mines reminiscent of those of Emile Zola's Germinal (1954). Refugio's memories of his grandfather and his idolized older brother Antonio are interspersed with liturgical parodies of the words of the sacrament of extreme unction heightening the inevitable tragedy of their lives. Because of Antonio's sacrifice, which Refugio considers rejection, Refugio himself escapes work in the mines, but he cannot escape witnessing the agony of his brother's slow death. Montemayor (classics, Univ. of Mexico) is a prize-winning fiction writer. This fifth volume in a series of thoughtfully selected works in translation belongs in libraries with strong Latin American literature collections.--Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, Ore.
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"Now I know why death has to come to everyone, Brother. You start dying in each one of us, as if death could chase you everywhere, as if one death were not enough, but many deaths are needed many ... Read full review