Here's to You, Jesusa!

Here's to You, Jesusa!

Paperback - 2002
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A remarkable novel that uniquely melds journalism with fiction, by Elena Poniatowska, the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Cervantes Prize


Jesusa is a tough, fiery character based on a real working-class Mexican woman whose life spanned some of the seminal events of early twentieth-century Mexican history. Having joined a cavalry unit during the Mexican Revolution, she finds herself at the Revolution's end in Mexico City, far from her native Oaxaca, abandoned by her husband and working menial jobs. So begins Jesusa's long history of encounters with the police and struggles against authority. Mystical yet practical, undaunted by hardship, Jesusa faces the obstacles in her path with gritty determination.

Here in its first English translation, Elena Poniatowska's rich, sensitive, and compelling blend of documentary and fiction provides a unique perspective on history and the place of women in twentieth-century Mexico.
 

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2002, c2001.
ISBN: 9780142001226
0142001228
Characteristics: xxx, 303 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Heikkinen, Deanna

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PimaLib_MaryG May 06, 2015

Through the voice of Jesusa Palancares, Poniatowska gives voice to the innumerable soldaderas that participated in the Mexican Revolution of 1910. She perfectly captures the speech patterns of older women from central and southern Mexico. Reading this story is like listening to my grandmother. I loved it.

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