The Poisoned Water

The Poisoned Water

by Fernando Benitez
     
 

This first English translation makes avail­able to English-speaking readers a power­ful modern Mexican novel, first published in 1961. Fernando Benítez, well-known Mexican author, journalist, and winner of Mexico’s 1968 best-book award, exploits a true but little-known incident by build­ing it into a tightly structured, tense, and tragic

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This first English translation makes avail­able to English-speaking readers a power­ful modern Mexican novel, first published in 1961. Fernando Benítez, well-known Mexican author, journalist, and winner of Mexico’s 1968 best-book award, exploits a true but little-known incident by build­ing it into a tightly structured, tense, and tragic novel of social protest.

The incident on which the novel is based is a bloody rebellion against the village feudal master touched off by joking comment on the “poisoning” of the water as one of Don Ulises’s men is pushed into the plaza fountain. Feed­ing on itself, the rumor spreads that the “boss” has poisoned the local spring, and rebellion follows, with its violent and unforeseen consequences. The result is a frightening look at one of Mexico’s major social problems and glaring ironies—that over fifty years after a revolution fought by the peasant and for the peasant, most rural groups are still living below the national economic standard.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809306343
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1973
Series:
Contemporary Latin American Classics Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Fernando Benítez is Professor of Jour­nalism at the Universidad Nacional Au­tónoma of Mexico.

Mary Ellsworth, a professional translator, lives in Naples, Florida.

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