Down and Delirious in Mexico City

Down and Delirious in Mexico City

The Aztec Metropolis in the Twenty-first Century

Book - 2011
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This book recounts Hernandez's electrifying journey through the far-off slums, glittering fashion parties and rapturous religious rituals of one of the world's most exciting megacities - the seething urban valley known as 'D.F.' to the locals. In vivid, intimate storytelling, Hernandez shows readers the youth subcultures - or 'urban tribes' - that define social life for young people in the megalopolis. Surrounded by volcanoes, earthquake-prone and caked in smog, the city is a place of astounding manifestations of danger, desire, humour, and beauty, a surreal landscape of 'elemental violence'. In the 'lake of fire' that is Mexico City, youth tribes brawl in public plazas and kidnapping gangs terrorise the wealthy.

As the year 2012 approaches, the so-called end of the Mayan calendar, Hernandez contemplates a vision of a future where Mexico City could locate a 'cosmic equilibrium' that has eluded it for five centuries.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781416577034
Branch Call Number: 972.53 H5573d 2011
Characteristics: xii, 273 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm


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Hernandez skillfully brings to light all the fascinating and unusual pockets of the world's most dynamic city.

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Apr 05, 2012

if you have interest in contemporary mexico and it's subcultures you have to pick this book up. its brilliant. just finished reading it and now am ordering it so I have it on my actual bookshelf


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