Mexico City

José Revueltas betrays the fact that in spite of his origins in the Mexican State of Durango, he is a “chilango odioso,” who knows he is better than others because he is from Mexico City.

“A primera vista pareciera como si únicamente la ciudad de México fuese el centro vivo —y esto, también, un poco relativamente— y lo demás una extensión al margen, fuera de los grandes sucesos y sumergida en un sueño compacto, mortal y asfixiante”

“At first glance it seems that only Mexico City is the living centre —and a relative one, at that— and that everything else is an extension at the margin, away from important events and immersed in a compact, mortal and suffocating sleep.”

José Revueltas, “Viaje al noroeste de México,” 1943. (Visión del Paricutín y otras crónicas y reseñas).

 

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