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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #289 - Youth literature, Read: Fastier, "Zapata is alive !" (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 30 Dec 2018 10:54:29 +0200

Emiliano Zapata is one of the best-known actors of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. At the head of an army of Indian peasants from the state of Morelos, he fought the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz, the troops of Francisco Madero, the president who replaced Diaz but did not keep his promises. He then fought against General Huerta, author of a coup against Maderos. At the " summit " of the revolution, in 1914, Zapata and Pancho Villa occupy the city of Mexico together. It is also Zapata who, in the " Ayala Plan " calls to seize land and expropriate all the owners who oppose the revolution. But refusing state power, he abandons it to politicians and generals. He is murdered by the federal army.

There has since been a Zapata " recovered " by the power that claims to be heir to the revolution. Streets, squares, villages bear his name. There is also a Hollywood Zapata, the most famous film being Viva Zapata of Elia Kazan where Marlon Brando personifies it. But there is another Zapata, symbol of the uncompromising revolutionary, defender of peasants, Indians, poor, taken over by many Mexican revolutionaries and especially by the EZLN, the neozapatists of Chiapas. It is this Zapata that is at the heart of the book.

As part of his project to introduce young readers to honest historical characters, Yann Fastier offers a graphic evocation answering every page to the question " They killed Zapata, but Zapata is dead ? Through a series of linocuts inspired by the Mexican engraver José Guadalupe Posada. A historical record at the end of the album documents his story. A nice gift idea for the holidays !

Pascal (AL Rouen)

Yann Fastier, Zapata is alive ! , The workshop of soluble fish, 2018, 40 pages, 16 euros.

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