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Nothing, Nobody: The Voices of the Mexico City Earthquake

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In September 19, 1985, a powerful earthquake hit Mexico City in the early morning hours. Written by a Mexican journalist, this book chronicles the disintegration of the city's physical and social structure, the widespread grassroots organizing against government corruption and incompetence, and the reliency of the human spirit.
Paperback, 327 pages
Published July 30th 1995 by Temple University Press (first published July 1st 1995)
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Erika
Creo firmemente que uno no encuentra los libros sino que los libros lo encuentran a uno.
Y así fue como a travez del libro "DF: Lecturas para paseantes" supe de este libro que Elena Poniatowska había escrito a través de recopilar testimonios dentro de los tres primeros meses después del terremoto del 85 en la ciudad de México.

A diferencia de algunos otros libros que puede uno leer sobre acontecimientos históricos, en el que se presentan los hechos de una manera más objetiva, este libro fue espe
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El Avestruz Liado
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
In a letter from Julio Cortázar to his friend Carlos Fuentes after the release of his first novel -the now classic "Where The Air Is Clear"- Cortazar (in my sloppy translation, read the original here) says:

"Sometimes you are overwhelmed by a resentment that I completely share, but whose literary expression seems to me counterproductive due to its exaggeration".

I feel like I could just post that quote and call it a day when it comes to reviewing this book but since this seems to be the only rev
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Nayeli
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leer esto no fue nada fácil. Debo confesar primero que aunque sabía del temblor, no había leído mucho al respecto... probablemente por no tener ni un año cuando sucedió y vivir en el norte del país. Ahora llevo 6 años viviendo en la Ciudad de México y aunque he participado en los simulacros y leído las notas (sobre todo las del aniversario 30) que publican algunos periódicos sobre el tema, seguía sin saber mucho más que los detalles principales. Este libro fue lo que necesitaba para al fin darme ...more
meli
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a difficult read because the linear corruptions and let downs that repeated on the same day, 21 years later, fortunately with less # of dead citizens. raw and pure and very sad. it is a great gathering of stories, all from different points of views and equally disastrous. the mentions of technology (lack thereof) and the lone satellite radio station reminded me just how long ago the mid-eighties were, yet not that long ago. read this in spanish from the sfpl<3, not sure if there are ...more
Xósem Amero
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El terremoto del 85 en la Ciudad de México no sólo tiró centenares de edificios donde murieron miles de personas. También expuso lo peor y lo mejor de la sociedad mexicana. La evidencia de esta afirmación toma forma a lo largo de los testimonios que reúne Elena Poniatowska en su libro Nada, nadie. Las voces del temblor.

A más de treinta años de distancia, leer esta obra es como meterse a un túnel del tiempo para emerger en uno de los momentos más terribles y dramáticos que ha vivido esta metrópol
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Martha
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro nos enfrenta a una realidad tan cruda, tan verdadera, tan inimaginable que te impone tantas sensaciones encontradas, tristeza, rabia, dolor, coraje, impotencia ante la injusticia, ante una injusticia tan real contra la que nadie puede hacer nada, contra la que sólo gana la impunidad, la prepotencia, la avaricia; la avaricia de poder, de humillar, de aplastar al desvalido, de vencer a costa de lo que sea.
Este libro te abre los ojos a una vida totalmente desconocida para la mayoría de
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Juan Vinasco
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comencé a leer este libro porque alguien me lo recomendó como una recopilación de lo que fue uno de los hechos más traumáticos de la historia del Distrito Federal: el terremoto del 19 de septiembre de 1985. Al leerlo queda una sensación de indignación con las autoridades que, ciertamente, es menos importante ahora que cuando se publicó por primera vez en 1988, pero que encuentro útil para pensar sobre la propia capacidad de gestión de desastre en nuestras propias ciudades. También me gustó que r ...more
Samantha Pineda
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Uno vive su rutina - o la vida lo vive a uno-... no me habìa dado cuenta, y una mañana como cualquiera otra dan las siete y diecinueve minutos y los puntales caen al suelo... uno empieza a girar en el vacío y el abismo no cesa hasta no encontrar otras manos, asirse a otros brazos, sentir la piel, mirar los ojos y verse a si mismo reflejado en esos ojos; la reciprocidad... Porque si el murio yo también muero, aunque ande de aqui para alla y ponga un pie delante del otro..."
Sandra
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book haunted me all my youth years having lived in Mexico half of my life. Having experienced the 1985 earthquake myself as a young girl and all it's aftermath. It was a nightmare and this book brought it all back. Nonetheless it's a very good written book and a very accurate account of what happened and how it affected Mexico and Mexicans. How one third world country lifted itself from the rubble by its citizens. How it was reborn.
Karla
Sep 11, 2012 added it
Me obsesioné con el tema cuando tenía 16 años, quería saber todo sobre el temblor del 85, se me hacía impresionante haber nacido pocos meses después.

Buena crónica de los hechos, nadie como Elenita para relatar tan cruda historia.
Jimena
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A moving and sad narrative of those terrible days. Expect very graphic descriptions which could be distressing but overall a necessary read to make sure we never forget what people, the city and the whole country went through.
Mesha
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As heartbreaking as it is eye-opening. So many lessons learned and since forgotten..
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Hélène Elizabeth Louise Amélie Paula Dolores Poniatowska Amor was born on May 19, 1933, in Paris, France. Her father was French of Polish ancestry and her mother a Mexican who was raised in France. When she was nine Poniatowska's family moved to México City. She grew up speaking French and learned English in a private British school. However, her knowledge of Spanish came from talking with the mai ...more
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“El olor de la muerte es inconfundible; es un olor a cuerpo sin alma. Las pequeñas cabezas de muñecas, los carritos de niños, las partituras de música, el almanaque, los restos de múltiples colchones, ropas desperdigadas, sólo el teclado de un piano, tendido de fatiga sobre la tierra, todo ello conforma el lenguaje de los escombros.” 0 likes
“Yo no conocía mi país, mi ciudad; nunca había ido ni a Tepito. No sabía cómo era. Ni a la gente la conocía. Creo que tampoco conocía a mis hijos, a mis sobrinos. Los imaginaba siempre en discotheques, nunca los visualicé con un casco, un paliacate, disciplinándose, olvidados de si mismos. Mucho menos, cargando cadáveres.” 0 likes
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