By Carlos Fuentes
La Ciudad de México -espacio mítico, ambiguo y luminoso- es el escenario del presente volumen y el protagonista velado de los cuatro relatos que lo conforman.
Un pequeño parapléjico, un gay aristocrático, un anciano revolucionario y su nieto, un joven barriobajero que se emplea como sicario encubierto. Nadie es inocente, nadie puede fingir bondad, todas las cosas son corruptas o corruptoras.
Sus personajes transitan por espacios y momentos trágicos y festivos, como ellos mismos: un common nostálgico ante los angeles revolución mexicana, cada vez más corrompida; una anciana olvidada y su oscura relación con un niño paralítico de las vecindades del centro; un solterón acaudalado que no alcanza a comprender los angeles pobreza ni los angeles desaparición del mito fundador de su prestige, y un lumpen que, mientras traba un combate con las palabras, termina como guardaespaldas de quien le ha causado tanto dolor... Todos ellos comparten el territorio doloroso, caótico y resentido de los angeles ciudad.
La crítica ha opinado:
"... l. a. vida en los angeles ciudad de México, desde el estrato más bajo al más alto... hay belleza, pasión y genialidad aquí... " -Publishers Weekly -
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Wetherly has owned it since new. She’s very keen on using it again. ” Rebecca steadied the clipboard for him as Talmadge signed the contract. The legal-sounding document was Jo’s idea. It bothered Rebecca, but none of the customers had blinked. She handed Talmadge his copy. He took his time folding it. He stated that Mrs. Wetherly was very sorry she had a prior commitment scheduled for today. She wished to meet with Rebecca. Rebecca hesitated, then promised she’d set aside time when the car was dropped off, two weeks from Friday.
Ran a tight ship for the next ten months as he began construction on a new club over in Maryland. Rebecca put down the limas. “What’s your problem? Sounds like Mr. Dohlmani was feeling sullied. Wanted to wash his hands of the sordid mess. You think it’s worth locating the ex-manager? ” “Probably won’t have any bearing on the current operation. ” Peter sighed. “You realize, Bec, it’s possible that Mr. Dohlmani really is a decent citizen who has a talent for making money in a shoddy business. ” He paused, waited for her to contradict.
Why not? Should be easy pickings. If Schneider can’t ﬁnd a criminal in a strip joint, he should turn in his badge. Of course, if the girl was killed outside the city, he’ll have to share jurisdiction. Schneider won’t like that. ” Four Rebecca strode out of the police station. She sucked in the muggy air as the afternoon heat hit her like the blast from a pizza oven. She slid into the MG, avoided touching bare skin to anything metal and ﬁshed in the open glove box for sunglasses. Jo was a heartbeat behind.