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The Lean Lands

Yanez, Agustin

Published by University Of Texas Press, 1968
ISBN 10: 0292783841 / ISBN 13: 9780292783843
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Title: The Lean Lands

Publisher: University Of Texas Press

Publication Date: 1968

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.


Austin. 1968. University Of Texas Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Illustrated by Alberto Beltran. Translated from the Spanish by Ethel Brinton. 328 pages. hardcover. Cover art by Alberto Beltran. 0292783841. keywords: Literature Translated Mexico Latin America. inventory # 28121. FROM THE PUBLISHER - What was it that flew over with such a terrifying roar? Was it, as many said, the devil, or was it that thing a few had heard of, a flying machine? And those electric lights at Jacob Gallo’s farm, were they witchcraft or were they science? The theme of this harshly powerful novel is the impact of modem technology and ideas on a few isolated, tradition-bound hamlets in the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The old ways are represented by Epifanio Trujillo, the cacique of the region, now ailing and losing his grip on things; by ancient Madre Matiana, the region’s midwife, healer, counselor, and oracle; by penniless Romulo and his wife Merced. ‘Progress’ is represented by Don Epifanio’s bastard son Jacob, who acquired money and influence elsewhere during the Revolution and who now, against his father’s will, brings electricity, irrigation, fertilizers, and other modernities to the lean lands-together with armed henchmen. The conflict between the old and the new builds slowly and inexorably to a violent climax that will long remain in the reader’s memory. The author has given psychological and historical depth to his story by alternating the passages of narrative and dialogue with others in which several of the major characters brood on the past, the present, and the future. For instance, Matiana, now in her eighties, touchingly remembers how she was married and widowed before she had reached her seventeenth birthday. This dual technique is superbly handled, so that people and events have both a vivid actuality and an inner richness of meaning. The impact of the narrative is intensified by the twenty-one striking illustrations by Alberto Beltran. TEXAS PAN AMERICAN SERIES. Agustin Yañez, internationally known as one of Mexico’s greatest novelists, has published six novels and a number of volumes of stories, along with two biographies and other works of non-fiction. In addition to his distinguished literary career he has played significant roles as educator, scholar, and public servant. Between 1953 and 1959 he was governor of his native state, Jalisco. At the present time he is Secretary of Public Education in the national government. Canadian-born Ethel Brinton, the translator, studied under Yañez and is now Director of Studies at the Anglo-Mexican Institute in Mexico City. Her translation of Yañez’s THE EDGE OF THE STORM was published by the University of Texas Press in 1963. (original title: Las tierras flacas, 1962 - Editorial Joaquin Moritz, Mexico City). Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 28121

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