"Lomnitz's masterful Death and the Idea of Mexico places him in the company of Octavio Paz and Carlos Monsivais as both critic and champion of Mexico culture. This study of death makes Mexico come alive." William H. Beezley
"Easily ranks as the most sophisticated, well-documented, and thought-provoking treatment of Mexico's unique national totem." American
" Death and the Idea of Mexico is, in every sense, a stunning volume.... Lomnitz has produced a magisterial work of enormous depth,
sensitivity, and scope. Its scholarly value will endure for decades, all the more so because it is written in a thoroughly accessible, at times lyrical, style."