Battles in the desert

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Hughes, Sophie, translator.
Melchor, Fernanda, 1982- writer of afterword.
Silver, Katherine, translator.
New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2021.
Cherrydale - Adult Fiction  1 available


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40th-anniversary edition.
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80 pages ; 19 cm.
9780811230957, 0811230953


General Note
Originally published as Las batallas en el desierto by Ediciones Era, S.A., Mexico City.
"This landmark novella -one of the central texts of Mexican literature, is eerily relevant to our current dark times- offers a child's-eye view of a society beset by dictators, disease, and natural disasters, set in 'the year of polio, foot-and- mouth disease, floods.' A middle-class boy grows up in a world of children aping adults (mock wars at recess pit Arabs against Jews), where a child's left to ponder "how many evils and catastrophes we have yet to witness." When Carlos laments the cruelty and corruption, the evils of a vicious class system, his older brother answers: "So what, we are living up to our ears in shit anyway under Miguel Alemán's regime," with "the face of El Señor Presidente everywhere: incessant, private abuse." Sound familiar? Woven into this coming-of-age saga is the terribly intense love Carlos cherishes for his friend's young mother, which has the effect of driving the general cruelties further under the reader's skin. The acclaimed translator Katherine Silver has greatly revised her original translation, enlivening afresh this remarkable work."--,Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Pacheco, J. E., Hughes, S., Melchor, F., & Silver, K. (2021). Battles in the desert (40th-anniversary edition.). New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

José Emilio, Pacheco et al.. 2021. Battles in the Desert. New York: New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

José Emilio, Pacheco et al.. Battles in the Desert New York: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2021.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Pacheco, José Emilio,, Sophie Hughes, Fernanda Melchor, and Katherine Silver. Battles in the Desert 40th-anniversary edition., New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2021.

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