The House Of The Pain Of Others: Chronicle Of A Small Genocide

April 16, 2019|
The House Of The Pain Of Others: Chronicle Of A Small Genocide by Julián Herbert
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A brilliant work of historical excavation with profound echoes in an age redolent with violence and xenophobia

Early in the twentieth century, amid the myths of progress and modernity that underpinned Mexico's ruling party, some three hundred Chinese immigrants-close to half of the Cantonese residents of the newly founded city of Torreón-were massacred over the course of three days. It is considered the largest slaughter of Chinese people in the history of the Americas, but more than a century later, the facts continue to be elusive, mistaken, and repressed.

"And what do you know about the Chinese people who were killed here?" Julián Herbert asks anyone who will listen. An exorcism of persistent and discomfiting ghosts, The House of the Pain of Others attempts a reckoning with the 1911 massacre. Looping, digressive, and cinematic, Herbert blends reportage, personal reflection, essay, and academic research to portray the historical context as well as the lives of the perpetrators and victims of the "small genocide." This brilliant historical excavation echoes profoundly in an age redolent with violence and xenophobia.

Julián Herbert was born in Acapulco in 1971. He is a writer, musician, and teacher, and is the author of Tomb Song as well as several volumes of poetry and two story collections. He lives in Saltillo, Mexico.Christina MacSweeney was awarded the 2016 Valle Inclán Translation Prize for her translations of Valeria Luiselli's The Story of ...
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Title:The House Of The Pain Of Others: Chronicle Of A Small GenocideFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.26 X 5.66 X 0.85 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 8.26 X 5.66 X 0.85 inPublished:April 16, 2019Publisher:Graywolf PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1555978371

ISBN - 13:9781555978372

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