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Rebecca West's never-before-published Survivors in Mexico brings to readers a daring and provocative work by a major twentieth-century author. An exhilarating exploration of Mexican history, religion, art, and culture, it explores the inner lives of figures ranging from Cortes and Montezuma to Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Leon Trotsky. Witty and entertaining, substantive and reflective, insightful and well documented, in splendid and uncommon prose, Rebecca West's travelogue ...is a model of British sophistication and knack for seeing the other. --Jorge G. Castaneda, New York Times Book Review An enthrallingly readable book ...full of sharp impressions and stimulating insights. --Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times Book Review Luscious reading...The book succeeds beautifully as a travelogue thanks to West's intellect and experience, with Mexico serving as the vehicle for it all. --Sam Quines, Washington Post Book World
Rebecca West (1892--1983) wrote prolifically through most of the twentieth century. She is best known for her travel memoir/historical meditation on Yugoslavia, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon. Bernard Schweizer is assistant professor of English at Long Island University (Brooklyn). He is the author of Rebecca West: Heroism, Rebellion and the Female Epic and Radicals on the Road: The Politics of English Travel Writing in the 1930s.