Carlos Monsiváis-Chronicle writer.

Posted: 25 June, 2010 by nancyguzmano in Literature

04 th  may, 1938 –  19 th june, 2010

Carlos Monsiváis, chronicle and essay writer of several columns in main newspapers of recent history, activist and ironic critic of the Mexican government. He died last Saturday at the age of 72 years old.

Monsiváis was born the 4th May of 1938, better known by his lots published  books and newspaper articles; all his career was focused on  making and persuade other people about the most important events happened related to social movements in México, the social chronicle of the historical changes, tendencies, the popular culture and Mexican Literature.

He was also an activist of numerous causes of “the left201″. Like   Poniatowska, Monsiváis was affected deeply by the massacre of students in 1968 in a place of the district of Tlatelolco in the City of Mexico, and its book ” The processes of México’ ‘ (1970) it narrates the judicial cases against 68 students arrested after the bloody incident. Later it published ” Amor perdido’ ‘ (1977), ” los rituales del caos’ ‘ (1995) and ” Aires de familia’ ‘ (2000), between many other works. In the test ” New catechism for Indians remisos’ ‘ (1982),

He was characterized by his journalistic independence which took to him to exert by more than five decades of social, political and cultural critic that was remarkable by its sense of humor and the unique and intransferable irony and by an extremely inventive use – in many times excessively of the language. –

Monsiváis criticized what saw like the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church. He was a prolific journalist whom the Universal one wrote for prominent Mexican newspapers, Excélsior and the Day, as well as for the magazine Process, between many other. Monsiváis made observations about the American influence on the Mexican culture, for example, the infiltration of words in English like ” jogging’ ‘ or “cash’ ‘ , but also on devices, social mobility and an accelerated style of life more than the people of the border experimented across.

Throughout its full career as journalist, the writer was awarded with the National Prize of Journalism in 1977, the Prize Jorge Hill in 1986, the Mazatlán Prize in 1989 and the Prize Xavier Villaurrutia in 1996. He continued being recognized in his last years, and in the 2006 he got the Prize FIL of Guadalajara (before Prize of Latin American Literature and the Caribbean Juan Rulfo), equipped with 100,000 dollars.

His books show a big quantity of critics about social movements related to the Mexican culture. The most relevant of them are:

  • • A través del espejo: El cine mexicano y su público, El Milagro
  • • A ustedes les consta, Era
  • • Aire de familia, inba / conaculta
  • Amor perdido, Era
  • Belleza y poesía en el arte popular mexicano, Circuito Artistico Regional
  • Casimiro Castro y su taller, Instituto Mexiquense de Cultura
  • Días de guardar, Era
  • Entrada Libre. Crónicas de la sociedad que se organiza, Era
  • Escenas de pudor y liviandad, Grijalbo
  • Frida Kahlo: una vida, una obra, conaculta / Era
  • Lo fugitivo permanece, Cal y arena
  • El genero epistolar. Un homenaje a manera de carta abierta, Porrua
  • Nuevo catecismo para indios remisos, Era
  • Por Mi Madre Bohemios 1, La Jornada Ediciones
  • Raices en el tiempo o Manuel Blanco en la mira, Planeta
  • Los rituales del caos, Era

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