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Mexico City Noir (Akashic Noir)

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pBrand-new stories by#58; Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Eugenio Aguirre, Eduardo Antonia Parra, Bernardo Fernaacute;ndez Bef, Oacute;scar de la Borbolla, Rolo Diacute;ez, Victor Luiz Gonzaacute;lez, F.G. Haghenbeck, Juan Hernaacute;ndez Luna, Myriam Laurini, Eduardo Monteverde, and Julia Rodriacute;guez.pBPaco Ignacio Taibo II/B was born in Gijoacute;n, Spain, and has lived in Me...more
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Published February 1st 2010 by Akashic Books (first published 2010)
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I mainly read this as it was the only thing featuring Paco Ignacio Taibo II in my libraries catalogue but I was intrigued by what Mexican authors would come up with. Largely I was bored and uninspired by what I was reading, whether this was a fault of the translation or not I cannot say but I was impressed by Taibo's contribution and am looking forward to finding more from him in future so it may not be the translation.
If the purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to new authors and to allow them to explore a place for which they may not be familiar, then yes. Mexico City Noir was a successful book. I loved experiencing the danger and mad beauty of Mexico City through the eyes of the city's resident writers, and I look forward to checking out more of their individual works, (particularly Paco Ignacio Taibo II, a Mexican-raised Spaniard). However, as was my complaint for the other Akashic Noir books I'...more
I particularly enjoyed:
Eduardo Antonio Parra: I'm Nobody
Bernardo Fernandez - Private Collection
Paco Ingnacio Taibo II - The Corner
Juan Hernandez Luna - Bang!
Eugenio Aguirre - Judas Burning

I read all the stories in this comilation, which is rare for something like this, and sure they wer pulpy, and some were pretty one dimensional, but but this is good stuff because none of it is traditional detective story fair. There are some noir riffs here and there, but the closest thing to full-on genre wo...more
Mexico City (MC), as well as any other Megalopolis is not to be though of as a single structure, in which symmetries are to be found. MC consists in several more or less well defined sub-cities, and each one has its own issues. One if those issues is the crime derived by some social activities. The book recovers a very interesting group of crime stories, one for each of the mentioned sub-cities.

As there are several authors, each story is entirely different from the others, and that richness is a...more
anything an author can come up with does not match the insane noir of real-life Mexico. but this is close,if you don't like the newspaper.
Interesting series of short stories around 'noir'. Next up for me will be 'Dublin Noir'.
Call of the grisly
Paco Ignacio Taibo II constructs a guide to corruption in Mexico City Noir
08.10.10 - 5:04 pm | Ben Terrall

LIT With volumes devoted to numerous U.S. cities and quite a few foreign capitals, it sometimes seems as if Akashic Books' expanding line of noir story anthologies will wind up covering virtually every major metropolis on earth. Because less gritty burgs like Portland, Ore.; Seattle; and Phoenix all have entries in the crime fiction s...more
A short volume with only 12 stories but some really weird ones where you are left at the end wondering what that was all about?? Of course we have the narco's and the usual blend of homeless children as well as sexual perverts. Combine these with the Catholic Church and the well known police corruption and this is the sum of the book-and one story combines all these theme! It looks like all the authors were either born in Mexico City or live there now. Naturally, despite the rather dark tales in...more
Jamie Iredell
Some of these I would not call stories, as they're more like attempts at condensed novels, or episodes from a novel. They don't have to be "stories", obviously, for this anthology series, but those that certainly did read as such were far more interesting and successful reads. The story by the volume's editor (Taibo) stands out in particular. Also, a number of the selections here I would not call "noir" subgenre in the traditional sense; they're closer to the Hardboiled tradition. Overall, this...more
Avra Fox
As uneven as you would expect from an anthology, but highly recomended if only because the good stuff is unfindable anywhere else in English. And the good stuff is really good. Why is there an entire tradition of noir writing we can't get our hands on? So frustrating.
Nancy Dardarian

Not sure if I'll be able to finish this.. Very uneven and even bad wring. Maybe.
a solid mixed bag. & PIT2 is always a good read.
Some much better than Portland Noir.
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Paco Ignacio Taibo II, birth name Francisco Ignacio Taibo Mahojo, is a popular Mexican writer and novelist. He is the son of the late journalist Paco Ignacio Taibo I.
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