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La noche de Tlatelolco by Elena Poniatowska
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Oct 18, 08

Recommended for: Journalists
Read in September, 2008

Whether la Mujer Mejicana is being captured in the snapshot of a Mexican author’s novel or she’s reflecting herself in what Shakespeare showed was the blank page as a mirror, her presence and command over the written word has been apparent since Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz revealed her heart in poetry, stories, and manifestos in the seventeenth century. Elena Poniatowska, chief among the builders of this strong Mexican literary foundation is author of several novels dating back to 1954, creating above all what she called a “collage” of “voices bearing witness” to La Noche de Tlatelolco. Massacre in Mexico, in its translation, is exactly that and much more as it listens to, displays and reports the terror of October 2, 1968.
Next month we will be commemorating the 40th anniversary of that vicious attack on Mexican student protestors at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco section of Mexico City ten days before the 1968 Summer Olympics. Massacre in Mexico tells this story in documentary style pronouncing Poniatowska among the society of internationally acclaimed journalists. Through the voice of primary sources she brings to life the initial joy, ambience and texture of the 1968 protest prior to the torment and anguish that ensued shortly after. “The dead bodies were lying there in on the pavement, waiting to be taken away… I remember Carlitos, my son, had been wearing a green corduroy jacket, and I thought I recognized his dead body every time they dragged another one up.” Poignantly, she listens and prints piercing anecdotes.
Poniatowska includes the poetry of Rosario Castellanos in her detailed account. Castellanos, born in Mexico city and raised near Chiapas.has a literary voice known as one of Mexicos most important in the last century. Seeing her contribution written specifically for the book ads to Poniatowska’s sincere portrayal. The reader can also see images from the protest and massacre. Every vignette tells a story giving the sources name, title and date. The author also includes the cries of protest printed directly from the signs they held while marching to preface every new vignette.
Elena Poniatowska is a Polish-Mexican journalist and author born in Paris to Prince Jean Evremont Poniatowski Sperry and Paula Amor-Escandón. Her father was a Polish nobleman who was a descendant of the brother of King Stanislaus II of Poland. Her family’s history is rich in detail. Ms. Poniatowska turned 76 this year
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