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The Underdogs

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The Underdogs

A Novel of the Mexican Revolution

By Mariano Azuela; Carlos Fuentes (Foreword by); Sergio Waisman (Translator)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143105275, 148pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2008

Description
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 Underdogsis an iconic novel of the Latin American experience and a powerful novel about the disillusionment of war.


About the Author
Mariano Azuela (1873 1952) studied medicine in Guadalajara and served during the revolution as a doctor with the forces of Pancho Villa, which gave him firsthand exposure to the events and characters that appear in The Underdogs. Sergio Waisman (translator, notes) is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Award and is a professor of Spanish at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Carlos Fuentes (1928 2012, foreword) is the author of more than twenty books and the recipient of many awards, including Mexico s National Prize in Literature, the Cervantes Prize, and the inaugural Latin Civilization Award."