Battles in the Desert, by Jose Emilio Pacheco

Staff Pick

In this brisk and revelatory novella, Pacheco juxtaposes the portrait of a nation undergoing rapid change with that of a boy growing into adulthood. The nation is Mexico, where politicians enrich themselves; the boy is Carlos, a child of middle-class parents. While Mexico City engages in a struggle between traditional values and the new standards of industrialization and consumerism, Carlos falls in love with the mother of one of his classmates--only to find the adults around him suppressing his sexual and emotional awakening. It's a feat of almost incredible storytelling.

 

 


Battles in the Desert (40th Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780811230957
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Directions - June 1st, 2021

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