From Library Journal
For four decades, Carlos Monsiv is has been one of Mexico's most popular and prolific writers, comparable to Spain's Jos Ortega y Gassett for the sheer volume, as well as the important social commentary, of his work. Yet his five collections of literary journalism (cr"nicas) on the social, cultural, and political structures of modern Mexico have remained unknown to American readers and scholars until the present. Egan (Spanish, Univ. of California, Davis) here presents the first English-language critique of Monsiv is's work. Divided into two parts, the book examines Monsiv is first as a journalist and theorist and then as an author. In the first section, Egan shows that Monsiv is not only chronicles the news but also participates in it as a social reformer. In the second section, she scrutinizes Monsiv is the author by carefully analyzing his first five books. Egan's textual divisions cause some repetition, but her exhaustive treatment of the work of one of Mexico's most important writers and social commentators justifies her valiant undertaking. Recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries containing selections of Monsiv is's work. Nedra C. Evers, Sacramento P.L, CA
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"Egan's work offers readers an accessible entry into the world of contemporary Mexican journalism, as well as a critical treatment linking each of Monsiváis's books to what she sees as the essential meanings of his artistic oeuvre. . . . Given the difficult task of reading the pulse of civil society, much less in deciphering the neobaroque nuances of a writer such as Monsiváis, Egan's book stands as a pioneering achievement that should be studied by a broad range of scholars." Hispanic American Historical Review"Her exhaustive treatment of the work of one of Mexico's most important writers and social commentators justifies her valiant undertaking." Library Journal"An important, original study worthy of its subject. It also has the great virtue of leaving thereader with an irresistible appetite for more Monsiváis." Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos