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News from the Empire

Author: Fernando del Paso; Alfonso González; Stella T Clark
Publisher: Champaign [Ill.] : Dalkey Archive Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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If there was not so much fiction in News from the Empire, it could be called a work of history. In fact, the focus of this broad work is history itself, as well as the many unrecorded lives and events that history has forgotten from this strange era in Mexico's early nationhood. Using Emperor Maximilian and his wife, Carlota, as a starting point, Fernando Del Paso both considers what Mexico is and the country's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Translation into English
Named Person: Fernando del Paso
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fernando del Paso; Alfonso González; Stella T Clark
ISBN: 9781564785336 1564785335
OCLC Number: 271105515
Notes: "Originally published in Spanish as Noticias del Imperio by Diana literaria, 1987"--P. facing t.p.
Description: 704 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: I. Bouchout Castle, 1927 --
II. May You Find Yourself Between Napoleons, 1861-62 --
1. Juarez and Mustachoo --
2. From Last Night's Ball at the Tuileries --
3. King of Rome --
III. Bouchout Castle, 1927 --
IV. Matter for Women 1862-63 --
1. Partant pour le Mexique --
2. Archduke at Miramare --
3. From the Correspondence --
Incomplete --
between Two Brothers --
V. Bouchout Castle, 1927 --
VI. "A Pretty Boy This Archduke Turned Out To Be," 1863 --
1. Brief Account of the Siege of Puebla --
2. "That's Correct, Mr. President" --
3. City and Its Vendors --
VII. Bouchout Castle, 1927 --
VIII. "Must I Leave My Golden Crib Forever?" 1863-64 --
1. Cittadella Accepts the Throne of Tours --
2. "Camaron, Camaron..." --
3. From the Correspondence --
Incomplete --
between Two Brothers --
IX. Bouchout Castle, 1927 --
X. "Massimiliano: Non Te Fidare," 1864-65 --
1. From Miramare to Mexico --
2. With Your Heart Pierced by an Arrow --
3. Scenes of Daily Life: Mexican Nothingness --
XI. Bouchout Castle, 1927 --
XII. "We'll Call Him the Austrian," 1865 --
1. "He's Like Jelly..." --
2. "A Man of Letters" --
3. Emperor at Miravalle --
XIII. Bouchout Castle, 1927 --
XIV. Emperor Without An Empire, 1865-66 --
1. Court Chronicles --
2. Seductions (I): "Not Even with a Thousand Hail Marys?" --
3. From the Correspondence --
Incomplete --
between Two Brothers --
XV. Bouchout Castle, 1927 --
XVI. "Bye-Bye, Mama Carlota," 1866 --
1. On the Road to Paradise and Oblivion --
2. Manatee of Florida --
3. Un Pericolo di Vita --
XVII. Bouchout Castle, 1927 --
XVIII. Queretaro, 1866-67 --
1. In the Mousetrap --
2. Cimex domesticus Queretari --
3. Seductions (II): "Hold It, Hope..." --
XIX. Bouchout Castle, 1927 --
XX. Las Campanas Hill, 1867 --
1. Traitorous Friend and the Princess on Her Knees --
2. Ballad of the Coup de Grace --
3. Saint Ursula's Black Eyes --
XXI. Bouchout Castle, 1927 --
XXII. "History Will Be Our Judge," 1872-1927 --
1. "What Are We Going to Do with You, Benito?" --
2. Last of the Mexicans --
3. Ceremonial for the Execution of an Emperor --
XXIII. Bouchout Cast
Other Titles: Noticias del Imperio.
Responsibility: Fernando del Paso ; translated by Alfonso González & Stella T. Clark.

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If there was not so much fiction in News from the Empire, it could be called a work of history. In fact, the focus of this broad work is history itself, as well as the many unrecorded lives and events that history has forgotten from this strange era in Mexico's early nationhood. Using Emperor Maximilian and his wife, Carlota, as a starting point, Fernando Del Paso both considers what Mexico is and the country's place in the larger narrative of world history. The book spans the palaces of Europe and the villages of Mexico, yet despite its broad focus News is a book rich in characters and details, a work that opens up this era of Mexican history to readers without specialized knowledge. Maximilian and Carlota are the focus of the book, and even if they are not explicitly on every page, they are always in the background somewhere, providing the humanizing contradictions that fill it. Del Paso draws a complicated picture of two naïve people placed in a situation they could not manage and a country they did not understand. This innocence is especially inexplicable in the case of Maximilian, who, as brother of Austria's Emperor Franz Josef, should have known something about ruling but is completely unable to govern.

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