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'68: The Mexican Autumn of the Tlatelolco Massacre

Paco Ignacio Taibo, II Donald Nicholson-Smith

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Seven Stories
29 October 2019
History; History of the Americas; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Comparative politics
In Mexico City on the night of October 2, 1968, at least two hundred students--among thousands protesting election fraud and campaigning for university reform--were shot dead in a bloody showdown with government troops in Tlatelolco Square. Hundreds more were arrested, and imprisoned for years. Yet these events are nowhere to be found in official histories- that very night the bodies were collected and trucked away and the cobblestones washed clean, and government denial of all involvement began. To this day no one has been held accountable for the official acts of savagery.

One member of the crowd that night, Paco Taibo, would become an international literary figure; '68 is his account of the events of October 2, and of the student movement that preceded them, in the first English-language translation, with a new epilogue by the author. In provocative, anecdotal prose, Taibo here claims for history one more of the many unredeemed and sleepless ghosts that live in our lands.
By:   Paco Ignacio Taibo II
Translated by:   Donald Nicholson-Smith
Imprint:   Seven Stories
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm, 
Weight:   367g
ISBN:   9781609808495
ISBN 10:   1609808495
Pages:   136
Publication Date:   29 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

PACO IGNACIO TAIBO II, author of more than fifty books, is a distinguished historian and essayist. He is also renowned worldwide for his detective novels. His numerous literary honors include three Dashiell Hammett prizes, a Planeta prize for the best historical novel, and the Bancarella Prize for his biography of Che Guevara. DONALD NICHOLSON-SMITH has translated numerous works from the French and Spanish including Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle and Raoul Vaneigem's The Revolution of Everyday Life.

Reviews for '68: The Mexican Autumn of the Tlatelolco Massacre

Beautifully realized memoir of the Oct. 1968 Tlatelolco student massacre . . . [Taibo] evokes relationships, passions and arguments lovingly. . . [His] memoir goes a long way toward setting the record straight. --Publishers Weekly


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