The Battle of Tomochic: Memoirs of a Second Lieutenant

Paperback | December 14, 2006

byHeriberto FriasTranslated byBarbara JamisonIntroduction byAntonio Saborit

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Tomochic is a controversial and celebrated example of Mexican fiction. Tomochic is the fictional narration of the 1892 military campaign that resulted in the massacre of the small village of Tomochic, located in the Tarahumara mountains and ordered by the dictatorial regime of Porfirio Diaz.The work is narrated by an eyewitness, the then second lieutenant, Heriberto Frias, and written by him in collaboration with Joaquin Clausell, editor of the newspaper which published it in serial form between March and April of 1893. For a period after the series' publication, the author chose tomaintain anonymity. It was expressly this stance which excited more public interest than any other Mexican writer of the 19th century and which eventually led to a drawn out trial to uncover the identity of the author and to implicate him. For, although it is a work of fiction, the general plot ofthe work, involving a confrontation between a professional army and a handful of citizens, was too similar to the actual massacre as to not be seen by Porfirio Diaz as a reprovement of himself and his regime. As a piece of literature, the novel is also admired for its incorporation of two importanttrends of the nineteenth century-history as literature and the war novel.

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Tomochic is a controversial and celebrated example of Mexican fiction. Tomochic is the fictional narration of the 1892 military campaign that resulted in the massacre of the small village of Tomochic, located in the Tarahumara mountains and ordered by the dictatorial regime of Porfirio Diaz.The work is narrated by an eyewitness, the th...

Antonio Saborit is at National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.71 inPublished:December 14, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195117433

ISBN - 13:9780195117431

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