Yankee Invasion: A Novel of Mexico City

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Scarletta Press, 2009 - Fiction - 237 pages
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City centers on one of the most traumatic periods of Mexican history: the 1847 American invasion of Mexico City. Though just a dark shadow in America's past, the devastating conflict resulted in Mexico losing nearly half of its land. Crushed under the foot of Goliath, the small country began its descent into poverty.
The story is narrated by a witness to events, Abelardo, who in the novel's very first pages commits an act of resistance that will haunt him the rest of his life. Now an old man, he recollects on his painful love for both his fiancee and her mother, which plays out against the backdrop of the American invasion and occupation.
This is the first English translation of the 2005 novel La invasion, written by one of Mexico's most respected literary figures. The author of over twenty books, Ignacio Solares is a leader in Mexican arts and academia. This translation includes a new introduction by Carlos Fuentes, winner of the Cervantes Prize, awarded to Spanish-language authors for lifelong achievement.
A gem of historical fiction, Yankee Invasion both enlightens and entertains. It focuses on a piece of history rarely discussed in American classrooms, with echoes of contemporary military conflicts. Yankee Invasion is a must-read for anyone interested in where we've been - and where we might be going.

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About the author (2009)

Carlos Fuentes was born in Panama on November 11, 1928. He studied law at the National University of Mexico and did graduate work at the Institute des Hautes Etudes in Switzerland. He entered Mexico's diplomatic service and wrote in his spare time. His first novel, Where the Air Is Clear, was published in 1958. His other works include The Death of Artemio Cruz, Destiny and Desire, and Vlad. The Old Gringo was later adapted as a film starring Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda in 1989. He won numerous awards including the Fuentes the Romulo Gallegos Prize in Venezuela for Terra Nostra, the National Order of Merit in France, the Cervantes Prize in 1987, and Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for literature in 1994. He also wrote essays, short stories, screenplays, and political nonfiction. In addition to writing, he taught at numerous universities, including Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, and Brown. He served as the ambassador of Mexico to France. He died on May 15, 2012 at the age of 83.

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