Books about Mexico and Mexicans

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Books about Mexico and Mexicans

Mexico is one of the most multiethnic countries in the world, full of culture and history; which is why several writers have captured important passages of the history of our country in their books. These are some volumes:

La Visión de los Vencidos (Broken Spears, The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico) by Miguel León Portilla: In his book the author uses original indigenous documents to narrate the Indians lived the conquest of Mexico.

Las Batallas del Desierto (Battles in the Desert) by José Emilio Pacheco: The novel is about the life of a boy in the city during the 40´s. It speaks of a changing moment in the history of Mexico, influenced by the culture of northern countries and the moral of that time.

La Noche de Tlaltelolco (Massacre in Mexico) by Elena Poniatowska:  Through testimonies collected over the course of two years, the writer relates the events before October 2nd, 1968, when dozens of students died during a protest in Tlaltelolco Square.

La Cultura Mexicana del Siglo XX (Mexican Culture during XX) by Carlos Monsiváis: The book makes a tour through the history of Mexico during the Twentieth Century, although from a cultural perspective. It goes through Modernism, Revolution, Muralism, the twenties, the fifties and the important events than happened during the sixties.

El Laberinto de la Soledad (The Labyrinth of Solitude) by Octavio Paz: The volume addresses recurrent issues such as death, morality, psychology and being a strong family-based society.

Canasta de Cuentos Mexicanos (Basket of Mexican Tales) by B. Traven: Is a series of nice tales about the way Mexicans think, the way we see things, how we perceive time, and some of our life styles.

These are some best known authors that show the reality of different eras of our country, so readers can decipher and understand what has led us to our current reality