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CriticasPoetical as it is political, Marcos's radiant writing has kept the Zapatistas prominently on the world stage. "What other guerrilla movement," he asks in one of this book's essays, "has relied more on words than on bullets?" His work has also earned the admiration of such leading authors as 1998 Nobel laureate Jos Saramago, whose foreword opens this anthology. Aside from its obvious value as a contemporary historical document, the book is a pleasure to read because it showcases innovative prose with profound wit and imagination. Marcos is surely among the most compelling Latin American writers to emerge in the 1990s. One hundred pieces comprise the volume, ranging from earnestly ideological speeches, letters, and dispatches to slicing satiric absurdist theater, charming fables and children's stories. A time line and an extensive afterword, together with copious editor's notes, provide social context of Chiapas and explain Marcos's references to Mexican history and institutions. This collection includes the well-known "Chiapas: El sureste en dos vientos, una tormenta y una profecia" ("Chiapas: The Southeast in Two Winds, a Storm, and a Prophecy") and "La historia de los colores" ("The Story of Colors," published as an illustrated bilingual children's book by Cinco Puntos Press), both widely reprinted, as Marcos doesn't copyright anything. In 2002, Seven Stories released a well-received English translation with a few different selections from those presented here. Essential for all libraries and bookstores.
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