The Land of Carnival and Apocalypse: 7 Writers Expose the Failings of their Country in “The Sorrows of Mexico”

On Art and Aesthetics

The Sorrows of Mexico: An Indictment of their Country’s Failings by 7 Exceptional Writers (2016, MacLehose Press, Quercus Books)

Mexico – for many of us the word evokes a seductive, irresistible exoticism, immediately bringing to mind images of costumes, colours, music, festivity, syncretistic belief systems. But in this fascinating land, “carnival” co-exists with “apocalypse” – such is the central idea behind the collection The Sorrows of Mexico: an Indictment of their Country’s Failings by 7 Exceptional Writers published last year by MacLehose Press (an imprint of London-based Quercus Books).

In Mexico, only 1 percent of the crimes committed per year are punished by law. It is difficult to distinguish between the criminal and the politician, to separate the policeman from the hitman. For years, the country lived under a one-party, authoritarian presidential rule with the expectation that it would someday be able to make a transition to a healthy democracy. This…

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