The nine guardians: a novel
Readers International, 1992/09/25 - 272 ページ
Rosario Castellanos is Mexico's most important modern woman writer. Her towering achievement in the novel, poetry, essay and drama has produced an art, says Publishers Weekly, "both mesmerizing and beautiful." "The Nine Guardians, Castellanos' masterwork, is an acknowledged classic of Latin American and women's literature. Still timely and haunting in its presentation of sexual and political tensions, the novel is set in Chiapas, a center of poverty and unrest in Mexico today. The magic and malice of warring god and men crowd this story of Mexico's turbulent revolution and its aftermath, evoking brilliantly the landscape, society and emotions of Latin America's remotest regions. The narrator, a seven-year-old girl, watches wide-eyed as the old order breaks down, an order where land-owning families and their male heirs would dominate a region both politically and sexually. Into the child's world of nursery tales, Mayan magic and Christian superstition come new and powerful dangers.