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Aristotle on the Metro

Tony Wood: Forgetting Mexico City, 24 February 2022

Horizontal Vertigo: A City Called Mexico 
by Juan Villoro, translated by Alfred MacAdam.
Pantheon, 346 pp., £27, March 2021, 978 1 5247 4888 3
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Battles in the Desert 
by José Emilio Pacheco, translated by Katherine Silver.
New Directions, 54 pp., £10, June 2021, 978 0 8112 3095 7
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... sounds, smells, too many historical epochs mingled together, too many possible books to write. Juan Villoro – novelist, critic and newspaper columnist – was born and raised in Mexico City, but he doesn’t try to encompass it. Instead he offers a fragmentary personal account that combines memoir, history, reportage and satire. His ...


Rubén Gallo: Mexico’s Shadow Presidency, 25 January 2007

... for six weeks actually harmed many ordinary citizens who had voted for him,’ the novelist Juan Villoro told me. Many people couldn’t get to their jobs, sick people couldn’t see their doctors or go to hospital. And López Obrador called for the plantón in early August – a full month before the electoral court was to rule on the ...

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