The Underdogs

A Novel of the Mexican Revolution

By Mariano Azuela; Carlos Fuentes (Foreword by); Sergio Waisman (Translator); Sergio Waisman (Introduction by); Sergio Waisman (Notes by)
(Penguin Classics, Paperback, 9780143105275, 176pp.)

Publication Date: July 29, 2008

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The greatest novel of the Mexican Revolution, in a brilliant new translation by an award-winning translator

The Underdogs is the first great novel about the first great revolution of the twentieth century. Demetrio Macias, a poor, illiterate Indian, must join the rebels to save his family. Courageous and charismatic, he earns a generalship in Pancho Villa?s army, only to become discouraged with the cause after it becomes hopelessly factionalized. At once a spare, moving depiction of the limits of political idealism, an authentic representation of Mexico?s peasant life, and a timeless portrait of revolution, The Underdogs is an iconic novel of the Latin American experience and a powerful novel about the disillusionment of war.

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