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This anthology of brief tales is an initiative from 3 firstclass cultural associations: the Hay competition, the British Council and the Mexican Consejo Nacional para los angeles Cultura y las Artes (Conaculta) who sought for the aid of 3 the world over popular writers (Juan Villoro, Guadalupe Nettel and Cristina Rivera Garza) to create a pattern of brief tales written through the main fascinating authors within the context of the hot Mexican Literature. Leaving apart the tutelar presence of Juan Rulfo and the echo (sometimes deafening) of the violence, there isn't an visible thematic or stylistic team spirit between them, a standard aspect past caliber and nationality. This quantity includes twenty brief tales without different hyperlink than nationality and their author's rising . via them the curious reader will discover a literature wealthy either in projection as in culture.

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I spent much time going to meetings called by the Agrarian Attorney General’s Office, in which well-meaning staff explained to ejidatarios how the new program to measure land and provide certificates of land rights would benefit them by guaranteeing the security of their land. What unfolded in these initial meetings revealed in great detail the historical visions, divisions, and claims that ejidatarios had about their communities, themselves, and their relation to Mexican history, particularly to the Mexican Revolution.

By 2000, the political stance of one of the communities in Oaxaca had shifted to rejecting the PRI in presidential elections. While all four communities may share specific symbolic images and metaphors with the government—specifically, Emiliano Zapata and the Mexican Revolution—the contextual meaning of these symbols varies with each place and forms a key part of reactions to contemporary state policy such as the end of agrarian reform, efforts to promote privatization of communally held land, and NAFTA.

It also mapped those other lands held as collective resources, such as forests, pastures, and watersheds. While many who watched this process pronounced it the final nail in the coffin of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, what I came to understand was that the process revealed new revolutions burning in the hearts and minds of rural Mexicans and, probably, many others; numerous responses to the end of agrarian reform and to the increasing social and economic stratification associated with NAFTA were bubbling beneath the surface of Mexican society.

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