by Rosario Castellanos
Published in 1996 by Marsilio and in 1998 by Penguin Classics

A masterpiece of contemporary Latin American fiction, Rosario Castellanos’ Book of Lamentations tells of an uprising of Mayan Indians in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Based on episodes from actual Mayan uprisings in 1712 and 1868, the novel merges a wealth of historical information and local detail into a vision of the nature of oppression that is universal in scope.

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