Blood Relations: A Novel

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Plover Press, 1995 - Fiction - 112 pages
This is the story of Refugio, whose family has worked in the mines of Northern Mexico for generations. His grandfather dies of silicosis, while his father is reduced to part-time work, but Refugio plans to follow in their footsteps. He takes it as rejection when his brother, Antonio, refuses to let him enter the mines. Then Antonio, too, begins spitting blood, and once more the pageantry of flowers and a black casket repeats itself. Refugio has been saved, but only to know the agony of watching helpless as the one who sacrificed himself slowly wastes away. To read this book is to know the daily round of the miners, which runs to such trivia as cigarettes, sex, sleep, food, money, and a sort of divine communion which occurs in the silence before a last.

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A plaintive novel of social protest, originally published in Spanish in 1982, whose targets are the oppressive mine owners of northern Mexico and a Catholic Church that condemns its parishioners for ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

Carlos Montemayor teachers at the University of Mexico.

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