Revisitations in Modern and Contemporary Creative Media
Erica Segre Introduction: Cultural Memories of an Unquiet Past
: Charting Ghosts of the Mexican Revolution in Mexican Literature, Film, Art and Photography We will pay with our bodies, what our soul desires.1 — Slogan from First Convention of Agrarian Leagues (1926) Because the bullet-ridden bodies nourished the furrow to give new life to the cane; every maize field watered with blood, made fruitful by anguish and hope, gave them renewed vigour to push for victory.2 — Germán List Arzubide (1930) No-one knew his name. Some said he had fired a shot; others said he hadn’t. I know that the young sentinel didn’t die next to the big stone. He already was a ghost. He had five wet bullets in his hands and the gesture that he bequeathed to our eyes.3 — Nellie Campobello (1931) 1 Pamphlet with line illustrations by Diego Rivera. All translations from the Spanish are by the editor unless otherwise stated. 2 Germán List Arzubide, Emiliano Zapata: Exaltación (Mexico City: Publicaciones del Departamento de Bibliotecas de la SEP, 1935). The original edition boasted a cover by Leopoldo Méndez ( Jalapa: Talleres Gráficos del Gobierno de Veracruz, 1927). 3 See Figure 1.1. Nellie Campobello, Cartucho: Relatos de la luncha en el Norte de México (Bullet: Stories of the Struggle in the North of Mexico), Fernando Tola de Habich (ed.) (Mexico City: Factoría Ediciones, 1999), 54. 2 Erica Segre Rough hands. Calloused and strong hands that quarry mountains, that grasp the axe, that harvest the fields and make the bread; that sculpt crude stone. Hands...
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