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No One Will See Me Cry

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Joaquin Buitrago, a photographer in the Castaneda Insane Asylum, believes a patient is a prostitute he knew years earlier. His obsession in confirming Matilde's identity leads him to explore the clinics records, and her tragic history. He discovers that she was a peasant adopted by a doctor uncle. She led a calm life until Cástulo, a young revolutionary chased by the autho ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Curbstone Books
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Aug 25, 2015 Tonymess rated it really liked it
Our novel opens with Joaquín “a tense man, a man who feels comfortable only on the margins of days, behind mirrors” a morphine addicted photographer working at the insane asylum photographing the inmates.

One of the inmates, Matilda, asks him “How does one come to be a photographer of crazy people?” and this sparks a memory in Joaquín, he’s met her before, in a bordello:

Like all the other women whose portraits he had made in that particular bordello, Matilda chose the scene and the poses. Some of
Aug 13, 2007 Paul rated it really liked it
Set in the turbulence of 1920s Mexico, much of this novel takes place at an insane asylum. Joaquin Buitrago is a frail man with a long-term morphine addiction. In the past, he made a name for himself photographing prostitutes. Now, he has been reduced to taking pictures of inmates at the asylum, those who have been left behind as Mexico races into the future.

One day, he finds a familiar face before his lens. Matilda Burgos is a strong-willed prostitute who posed for Joaquin years ago. He asks th
Oct 07, 2009 Liliana rated it really liked it
I read this book in the original Spanish and it was great. My friend Andy Hurley translated into English, so the translation should also be excellent. Nadie me verá llorar, en el original. La historia de unos locos, más cuerdos que la mayoría. Una historia muy original y recrea el México del porfiriato y posterior y de la tan temible Castañeda, el manicomio del D.F Tengo ganas de leer sus demás libros. Una autora muy inteligente.
Jul 15, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
A story, or stories, or possible stories, revolving around the "losers" in 1920s Mexico - prostitutes, inmates in an insane asylum, a photographer-turned-morphine addict. The narrative is fragmented and almost hallucinatory at times, but the time and the characters are very powerfully portrayed.
Jan 22, 2013 Gloria added it
This was a difficult book about a period in Mexican history when the country was going through upheaval and transitions. People are either involved in or distancing themselves, by engaging in anti-social behaviors, in order to escape the turmoil.
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Aug 11, 2012 M. Harris rated it really liked it
I needed a dose of Latin Passion in my summer reading it was.
Amazing interweaving tales of Mexico 1900's......passion, love, devastation, art,in a society of flux and change.....
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Cristina Rivera Garza nació en la frontera noreste de México (Matamoros, 1964) y desde entonces ha repartido sus lugares de residencia entre la República Mexicana y Estados Unidos. Doctora en Historia Latinoamericana, ha sido profesora de varias universidades en ambos países. Ha obtenido los galardones mexicanos más prestigiosos y otros de relevancia internacional, como el Premio Nacional de Novel ...more
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