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(en) Mexico, Chiapas, Media: A GOOD READ BY THE SUBCOMANDANTE

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Date Tue, 14 Dec 2004 10:28:00 +0100 (CET)


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So I bet you've been wondering why you can't find a good detective novel
by a Mexican revolutionary anymore. Well, it turns out now you can.
Zapitista Subcomandante Marcos, one of the best known Latin
American revolutionaries since Che Guevara, has published the
first chapter of a novel on Sunday that promises to be a critical
commentary on contemporary Mexico. The novel is based loosely
on Marcos' true story: a professor turned guerrilla who led a 1994
uprising in the name of Indian rights and continues to champion a
quieter social revolution from his hide-out in the jungles of
southern Chiapas State.

The opening chapter of the novel, co-written with bestselling
crime writer Paco Ignacio Taibo II and called Muertos Incomodos
-- translated into English as Awkward Deaths -- was published in
the leftist newspaper La Jornada. The chapter opens in the present
as Zapatista Insurgent and Marcos-appointed investigator Elias
Contreras embarks on a quest to track down Maria, a co-rebel
who has disappeared.

The tentatively 12-chapter novel is a work in progress and is to be
set in Mexico's southern Chiapas state, where Marcos's Zapatista
rebels first took up arms against the government in an uprising in
1994, and Mexico City, the nation's capital. "It is a police novel
with strong political content that obviously touches on
contemporary issues in Mexican society," Taibo says. "It is also a
literary work and an adventure."

The first six chapters of the book are to be a sort of Ping-Pong
game, Taibo said. Marcos is to write chapters one, three and five,
introducing his detective, El
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