City of Kings

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Written in 1960, these stories unfold in the Mexican state of Chiapas—the later site of the Zapatista uprising, and the author addresses controversial questions of power, class, race, and language, giving insight into the historical background of a political struggle still going on today. The complex relationship of conquerors and conquered is explored with masterful writing that earned Rosario Castellanos a permanent place in the literary history of Mexican authors.

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Overview

Written in 1960, these stories unfold in the Mexican state of Chiapas—the later site of the Zapatista uprising, and the author addresses controversial questions of power, class, race, and language, giving insight into the historical background of a political struggle still going on today. The complex relationship of conquerors and conquered is explored with masterful writing that earned Rosario Castellanos a permanent place in the literary history of Mexican authors.

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Editorial Reviews

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"These stories . . . show Castellanos to be a first-rate writer whose understanding of Mexican culture is as disturbing as it is engrossing . . . She manages her exposure of the racist underpinnings of society brilliantly; more than 30 years after these stories were written, the inhumanity they portray continues to chill the soul."  —Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These short stories, first published in Mexico in 1960, show Castellanos to be a first-rate writer whose understanding of Mexican culture is as disturbing as it is engrossing. Using the city of Ciudad Real--the eponymous City of Kings, once glorious but now ``a vain, empty shell''--as a unifying element, she explores how racism, hunger, religion and money become weapons for the rulers of a society built upon the domination of native peoples. An elderly woman bludgeons an Indian to death, but calms her fears that his spirit will haunt her by thinking, ``How could a spirit possibly appear if the body belonged to an Indian, and not to a rational person?'' A proud native tribe and its protective spirit are exterminated by Spanish oligarchs and their descendants. A baby dies of hunger, yet the doctor who allows it to happen proclaims it a victory in getting Indians to understand the value of ``white'' medicine. A subtle paradox inhabits these unrelenting stories: Castellanos 1925-1974 was herself a wealthy ladina or white woman of mixed European and indigenous ancestry. She manages her exposure of the racist underpinnings of society brilliantly; more than 30 years after these stories were written, the inhumanity they portray continues to chill the soul. Apr.
Library Journal
This collection of ten interwoven, chronologically consecutive short stories set in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, was first published in Spanish as Ciudad Real in 1960. Castellanos focuses on the exploitation of the indigenous population by the ladinos whites and the deep-seated racism and blind prejudice of both groups. The exploitation of women, especially the indigenous women, is a major theme. The individual tales range from stories of the conquered to a chronicle of the journey of a North American Protestant missionary. A prolific writer in many genres, Castellanos 1925-74 is part of the Mexican ``Generation of 1950'' and is considered one of Mexico's leading feminist authors. Many of her works have been translated into English, including her first novel, The Nine Generations LJ 1/1/60 and Another Way To Be LJ 10/1/90. City of Kings will be a major addition to collections containing Mexican literature in translation.-- Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, Ore.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935480634
  • Publisher: Latin American Literary Review Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Discoveries Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 562,165
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosario Castellanos was a novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and diplomat. She is widely considered the most important Mexican woman writer of the 20th century and was an advocate for women and indigenous peoples. Robert S. Rudder is an editor and translator of several noteworthy Latin American novels. Gloria Chacón de Arjona is the translator of numerous Spanish-language books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 13
Death of the Tiger 20
The Truce 29
Aceite guapo 35
The Luck of Teodoro Mendez Acubal 43
Modesta Gomez 50
Coming of the Eagle 58
The Fourth Vigil 67
The Wheel of Hunger 75
The Gift, Refused 100
Arthur Smith Finds Salvation 108
Glossary 141
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