La noche de Tlatelolco (Massacre in Mexico)

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Overview

During the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City, 10,000 students gathered in a residential area called Tlatelolco to peacefully protest their nation's one-party government and lack of political freedom. In response, the police and the military cold-bloodedly shot and bayoneted to death an estimated 325 unarmed Mexican youths. Now available in paper is Elena Poniatowska's gripping account of the Tlatelolco tragedy, which Publishers Weekly claimed "makes the campus killings at Kent State and Jackson State in 1970 pale...
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Overview

During the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City, 10,000 students gathered in a residential area called Tlatelolco to peacefully protest their nation's one-party government and lack of political freedom. In response, the police and the military cold-bloodedly shot and bayoneted to death an estimated 325 unarmed Mexican youths. Now available in paper is Elena Poniatowska's gripping account of the Tlatelolco tragedy, which Publishers Weekly claimed "makes the campus killings at Kent State and Jackson State in 1970 pale by comparison." "This is a story that has not been effectively told before," said Kirkus Reviews. "Call it the grito of Tlatelolco, a cry of protest and the subjective manifesto of Mexico's suppressed, potentially explosive, middle-class dissenters." In this heartbreaking chronicle, Elena Poniatowska has assembled a montage of testimony drawn over a three-year period from eyewitness accounts by surviving students, parents, journalists, professors, priests, police, soldiers, and bystanders to re-create the chaotic optimism of the demonstrations, as well as the terror and shock of the massacre. Massacre in Mexico remains a critical source for examining the collective consciousness of Mexico. As Library Journal so aptly stated, "While the 'Tlatelolco Massacre' is the central theme of this study, the larger tragedy is reflected, and we see a nation whose government resorts to demagoguery rather than constructive action while it maintains and protects the privileged position of the new 'revolutionary' elite." Octavio Paz's incisive introduction underscores the inability of the Mexican government to deal with the socio-economic realities of the Mexican nation. Students and scholars of Mexican culture, historians, sociologists, and others who seek to interpret aspects of that country's national reality will find this book to be invaluable.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Poniatowska reports on the massacre of 325 unarmed Mexican students who were peacefully protesting police repression one week prior to the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. PW called this ``heartbreaking. . . . A massive chronicle that builds to the night of the Tlatelolco massacre in an accumulation of skillfully crosscut eyewitness accounts.'' Photos. (Dec.)
Criticas
Essential reading for those interested in the Tlatelolco massacre or state repression in Latin America, this 1971 journalistic account by the award-winning novelist reports on the massacre of 325 unarmed Mexican students, workers, and teachers who were peacefully protesting police repression one week before the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Poniatowska (1932- ) skillfully constructs the buildup to the night of the massacre through compelling firsthand accounts of those who witnessed one of the worst cases of Mexican state repression. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Booknews
A reprint of the Viking edition of 1975 (which was a translation of La Noche de Tlateloco, Mexico. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789684114258
  • Publisher: Biblioteca Era
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 791,606
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Elena Poniatowska (México, 1933) es, sin lugar a dudas, la más importante escritora mexicana. Como narradora, ha abierto caminos nuevos y explorado temas de los que nadie hablaba. Así ocurre en Hasta no verte Jes7uacute;s mío, una voz distinta en nuestra historia contemporánea; en Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela, probable inicio del boom de Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, y más tarde en su magistral novela, Tinísima, Premio Mazatl&aacute:n 1993. Ningún cronista ha tenido mayor influencia en el México posterior a 1968. La noche de Tlatelolco la consagró a los ojos del público tanto por su sensibilidad cuanto por su valentía.
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  • Posted July 17, 2012

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    Muy recomendado

    La noche de tlatelolco
    Es un libro muy bueno escrito, por las voces del pueblo, las voces de toda la gente que vivió la masacre del 2 de octubre de 1968, papas, hijos, hermanos, estudiantes, amigos y todos los que vivieron en carne propia la masacre, los que sobrevivieron nos dice,aquí estamos, nosotros sobrevivimos y esto es lo que nos paso, esta es nuestra historía y la escritora Elena Poniatowska la escribe la pone en papel para que a nadie se le olvide que en 1968 el 2 de octubre mucha gente en mayoría jóvenes estudiantes fueron muertos por el ejercito de México, el gobierno con el presidente en función Díaz Ordaz, mando al ejercito para que dejaran de pedir cosas que al gobierno no le importa. Así es, así fue esta triste historía es de todos los que lucharon por un México mejor, por mas libertades, y los asesinaron, en este libro esta escrito los contenidos de los periódicos de el día 3 de octubre, una burla una fea treta de lo que el gobierno puede hacer, y que en las noticias solo aparezca el clima como noticia principal. Un libro genial

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

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    I was there! I know what happened!

    Elena Poniatowska put together the best account of this horrible incident on October 2, 1968, which I read immediately after it was published - and a book I do not want my personal library to be without.

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