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Death and the Idea of Mexico Paperback – February 29, 2008
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Lomnitz's masterful Death and the Idea of Mexico places him in the company of Octavio Paz and Carlos Monsivais as both critic and champion of Mexico culture. This study of death makes Mexico come alive.(Bookforum)
Easily ranks as the most sophisticated, well-documented, and thought-provoking treatment of Mexico's unique national totem.(American Historical Review)
Death and the Idea of Mexico is, in every sense, a stunning volume...Lomnitz has produced a magisterial work of enormous depth, sensitivity, and scope. Its scholarly value will endure for decades, all the more so because it is written in a thoroughly accessible, at times lyrical, style.(American Ethnologist)
This outstanding work was written by an author with a Renaissance mind. It examines the Mexican people's in many respects unique relationship to death throughout several centuries. It brilliantly straddles the fields of history, anthropology, and religion.(Friedrich Katz)
About the Author
Claudio Lomnitz is Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at the New School University. He is the author of Exits from the Labyrinth: Culture and Ideology in Mexican National Space and Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico: An Anthropology of Nationalism.
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