The Medicine Man

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Latin American Literary Review Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Fiction - 111 pages
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In his most celebrated work, Mexican writer Francisco Rojas González offers a rare blend of literature and indigenous anthropology. Inspired by his fieldwork in Chiapas, Mexico, these 13 stories reflect the author's preoccupation with the totality of Mexican life and capture his heralded ability to penetrate the contradictions of human nature. The book is a dramatic presentation of myths, religious beliefs, and customs of Mexican Indians framed in their rigid, overpowering code of ethics. It served as the basis for the 1954 film Roots, which won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival of 1955.

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Rojas Gonzalez (1904-51) was a Mexican anthropologist whose field work in remote Indian villages of his country inspired him to write two novels and two short story collections. This collection, which ... Read full review


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Francisco Rojas González was a Mexican author, screenwriter, diplomat, and ethnographer. He was the recipient of a National Prize for Literature and is known for having a significant impact on mid-20th-century Mexican literature and cinema. Robert S. Rudder is an editor and translator of several noteworthy Latin American novels. Gloria Arjona is the translator of numerous Spanish-language books. They are the cotranslators of The City of Kings and Nazarín.

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