Los De Abajo: Novela de la Revolucion Mexicana

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Ministerio Relaciones Exteriores, 1988 - Fiction - 306 pages
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Mariano Azuela, a Mexican physitian and writer, served in Francisco Villa's armies. He wrote Los de abajo, one of the most realistic, dramatic and enlightening novels of Mexico's 1910 Revolution. It stands its ground with other accounts written by participants and witnesses to the armed struggle.

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User Review  - sometimeunderwater - LibraryThing

Enjoyable, but bleak. Every character is selfish, most are greedy, and a few are just bloodythirsty thugs. There's no dignity to these fighters, and no ideals behind their killing. A tragic, unsympathetic book. Read full review

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User Review  - FPdC - LibraryThing

This book in the classic novel of the Mexican Revolution. Azuela was himself a physician with one of the factions in the revolution, and this book projects some of the hopes and disenchantments he may ... Read full review


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Mariano Azuela is a Mexican writer born in 1873. After receiving a degree in medicine, he returned to poor districts in his home state to practice madicine, a manifestation of his lifelong concern for the pueblo of Mexico. During the Mexican Revolution, Azuela joined the forces of Francisco Villa and became director of public education in Jalisco under the Villa government. When that government fell, he served as doctor to Villa's men during their retreat northward. From Azuela's war experiences came his novel The Underdogs, which he published in installments in a newspaper after fleeing to Texas in 1915. The novel Torres-Rioseco which has been called an epic poem in prose of the Mexican Revolution deals with the revolution from the point of view of the humble soldiers, examining the circumstances that keep them in poverty, the brutality of the fighting, and the opportunism and betrayal of the revolution. An admirer of Emile Zola, Azuela stressed the effect of environment on character in many of his novels.