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Survivors in Mexico by Rebecca West

Survivors in Mexico (2003)

by Rebecca West

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Rebecca West and her husband visited Mexico in the mid-1960s. Afterward, West worked off and on on a book based on her observations and experiences, but it was left uncompleted at her death. West scholar Bernard Schweizer edited the various drafts of the book, which was finally published in 2003. West seemed more interested in Mexico's early history, and a good portion of the book is devoted to the Spanish conquest. In the modern era, her interest mainly focuses on revolutionary artists Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo, Trotsky's Mexican exile, and Mexican artist Dr. Atl, with whom West shared a passion for volcanoes that she traces to the influence of the Reclus brothers. West's observations do not seem to offer any groundbreaking insights on Mexican history or culture. The book will be of more value to readers with an interest in the author herself. ( )
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Witty and entertaining, substantive and reflective, insightful and well documented, in splendid and uncommon prose, Rebecca West's travelogue -- meandering commentary and ruminations on Mexico from pre-Columbian civilization to traffic in the capital during the mid-1960's -- is a model of British sophistication and knack for seeing the other.
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Contains: Survivors in Mexico -- Mexico City I -- Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo -- Leon Trotsky -- Mexico City II -- Race Relations I -- Chapultepec I -- Anthropological Museum I -- Aztec Society -- Anthropological Museum II -- Chapultepec II -- Juan de Zummraga -- Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain -- Minerals and Mines -- Hernán Cortés -- Doña Marina -- Religion and Sorcery -- Quetzalcoatl -- Montezuma -- Tenochtitlán -- Race Relations -- Cuauhtémoc -- Dr. Atl I -- Elie and Elisie Reclus -- Dr. Atl II -- Revolution -- Dr. Atl III -- Benito Mussolini -- Dr. Atl IV.
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West's narrative takes on all of Mexican history, from the conquest by Spain and the Mexican Revolution, to the muralist movement, and explores the inner lives of such figures as Cortes, Montezuma, the Reclus brothers, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Dr. Atl and Leon Trotsky. Highlighting contradictions and paradoxes in the personal and public spheres, she offers insights into Mexican art and culture as well as human culture and destiny.

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"The publication of Rebecca West's Survivors in Mexico marks an important literary event: the rescue from oblivion of a daring and important work by an major twentieth-century writer. This book is West's exploration of Mexican history, religion, and culture - a work the author clearly conceived as a companion and sequel to her masterpiece about the Balkans, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941). Although West never brought Survivors to completion, she left behind a series of extensive drafts and revisions that Bernard Schweizer has meticulously assembled and edited. The result is a welcome addition to the Rebecca West canon - a compelling travel memoir/history comparable to her best work, and one certain to gain readers and critical acclaim." "West's narrative takes on Mexican history - the conquest by Spain, the Mexican Revolution, and the muralist movement - and explores the inner lives of such figures as Cortes, Montezuma, the Reclus brothers, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Dr. Atl, and Leon Trotsky. The author's concern is to distill meaning from the complex and often incoherent mass of data that characterizes the process of history. She draws fascinating connections between consciousness and material life, between subjective desire and social agency, and between art and politics. She sheds light on the revolutionary impulse and outlines a philosophy of history that acknowledges darkness yet documents the triumph of the human spirit over adversity."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.

Editions: 0300098863, 0300105215

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