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The Death of Artemio Cruz – Carlos Fuentes (1964)

“To Mexicans, ‘the revolution’ has two distinct meanings. The phrase, for older people, refers to the violent events which, unseating Porfirio Díaz and his regime in 1911, upset the economic and social structure of Mexico and started waves of repercussive … Continue reading

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Mexico’s Marxist Prophet

“The Hole begins with the description of what an eye sees through a confined space: the small hatch of a punishment cell that opens onto the corridors of Lecumberri Prison in Mexico City. The Hole is at once a piece … Continue reading

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1968 Summer Olympics

“The 1968 Summer Olympics (Spanish: Juegos Olímpicos de Verano de 1968), officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Mexico City, Mexico, from October 12 to 27, 1968. These were the first … Continue reading

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Decolonizing society: the legacy of 1968

Student protesters in Paris, May ’68. “In 1964, students at the University of California at Berkeley staged a sit-in at Sproul Hall to protest campus restrictions on political activism. Shouting through his bullhorn, Mario Savio, the leader of the Free … Continue reading

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Political graphics of the “long 1960s”

Hell no, nobody goes. 1967. Frank Cieciorka, artist. Poster. Collection of Oakland Museum of California. “Posters are among the significant ephemera of the long 1960s. Synonymous with rebellion and visual wit, these fragile documents were densely packed cultural viruses capable … Continue reading

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Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent – Eduardo Galeano (1971)

“Imagine: a proud lion has been chased, shot and trapped by poachers who descended heavy-footed upon his land. The poachers are winged and foreign to the lion’s land, as well as dispassionate, or passionate only to wealth’s nefarious whispers. The … Continue reading

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Mexico’s Tlatelolco Massacre, and Its Echoes Today

The violent suppression of anti-government protests only 10 days before the start of the Mexico City Olympic Games. “Elena Poniatowska is the author of more than 50 books that span almost every literary genre. Despite her wide-ranging production, she is … Continue reading

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