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Dimensions:
216 × 138 mm
240 pages
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781789140736
Illustrations:
100 illustrations, 70 in colour
Published:
01 Apr 2019
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Mexico City Cradle of Empires Nick Caistor

Mexico City has always been a seat of empire. In its grandiose pretentions and sheer swagger, it gives the impression of power exercised over great distances. And yet this power has frequently been contested, lending the city a tough, battle-hardened look. At the same time, life in the Mexican capital can be carefree and intoxicating, and it continues to offer any visitor not only glimpses of past grandeur, but a fascinating wealth of the culture of Mexico today. This book explores how the city has grown over the centuries from the Tenochtitlan city-state to the capital of the Spanish empire’s ‘New Spain’, to French intervention, revolution and to the newly branded CDMX.
Nick Caistor leads us through centuries of history and into the material city of today: from recently constructed museums and shopping centres, to neighbourhoods where centuries-old traditions still appear to be the norm. Whether sampling ice cream at Xochimilco, watching freestyle wrestling at the Arena Mexico or savouring long Mexican breakfasts, Caistor reveals why the city continues to fascinate.

‘It is not easy to understand Mexico City. Even its inhabitants are often lost in the enigmas of its history and its streets. The Mexicans themselves need translators to guide them through the labyrinths of this gigantic city. Nick Caistor in this wonderful book proves to be a great decoder of the mysteries of the ancient Tenochtitlan, now a fascinating postmodern urban monster. Mexico: Cradle of Empires is the best companion for the curious traveler who wants to go beyond the myths and become immersed in its fascinating reality.’ – Roger Bartra, author of The Cage of Melancholy. Identity and Metamorphosis in the Mexican Character

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Nick Caistor is a former BBC Latin American analyst, and Latin American editor of Index on Censorship magazine. He broadcasts regularly on Latin American literature and art. He is the author of Mexico City: A Cultural and Literary Companion (1999) and Octavio Paz (Reaktion, 2007). He is editor of two anthologies and has translated many novels by Latin American and Spanish authors.