The Book Of Lamentations

Paperback | August 1, 1998

byRosario CastellanosTranslated byEsther Allen

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The Book of Lamentations, appearing for the first time in paperback in a widely praised translation by Esther Allen, is a novel about the southern Mexican region of Chiapas and draws on two centuries of struggle among the Maya Indians, the white landowners, and the conflicted mestizo class. It transposes historical events to the Chiapas of Castellanos's own childhood in the 1930s and explores the struggle of Mexico's women for independence from the oppression of their husbands and lovers. Her plot is multilayered, weaving the stories of wealthy Leonardo; his wife, Isabel; Julia, his independent lover; Fernando, the land-reform agitator; and Catalina, a Mayan woman who raises the bastard child, the result of Leonardo's rape of a Mayan girl.

Blending a wealth of historical information and local detail with a profound understanding of the complex relationship between victim and tormentor, Castellanos starkly captures the ambiguities that underlie all struggles for power.

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A masterpiece of contemporary Latin American fiction, Rosario Castellanos' Book of Lamentations tells of an uprising of Mayan Indians in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Based on episodes from actual Mayan uprisings in 1712 and 1868, the novel merges a wealth of historical information and local detail into a vision of the nature of oppres...

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The Book of Lamentations, appearing for the first time in paperback in a widely praised translation by Esther Allen, is a novel about the southern Mexican region of Chiapas and draws on two centuries of struggle among the Maya Indians, the white landowners, and the conflicted mestizo class. It transposes historical events to the Chiapa...

Rosario Castellanos (1925-74) was born Mexico City and spent much of her childhood in Comitán, in Mayan southern Mexico. After traveling to Europe and to the United States for advanced study in aesthetics, she returned to the province of Chiapas to work with Indian theater groups and the Indigenous Institute of San Cristóbal. Much of h...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:014118003X

ISBN - 13:9780141180038

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A masterpiece of contemporary Latin American fiction, Rosario Castellanos' Book of Lamentations tells of an uprising of Mayan Indians in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Based on episodes from actual Mayan uprisings in 1712 and 1868, the novel merges a wealth of historical information and local detail into a vision of the nature of oppression that is universal in scope.