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Fear of Animals [Paperback]

Enrique Serna , Georgina Jimenez

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29 April 2008
After trading his desire to write for a life as a secret policeman, former crime reporter Evaristo Reyes finds himself immersed in the thuggish mire of Mexico's law enforcement. He justifies the sacrifice of his artistic integrity as a necessary evil aimed at creative research--all the while enjoying the salary and perks of his squalid position. When his brutish boss orders him to kill a marginal literary critic who has insulted the president in print, he identifies with the scribe instead and is soon incriminated for a murder he fails to commit. This narrative eloquently depicts the difficulties of having a social conscience in a world where corruption, censorship, and back-stabbing are a way of life.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Aflame Books; UK First Edition. edition (29 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906300003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906300005
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,708,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stinging attack on Mexico's cultural mafias 1 July 2008
By G. O'TOOLE - Published on
They know who they are - although Enrique Serna is careful not to identify the heavyweights who have dominated Mexico's literary culture like a mafia for a generation, and simply refuse to loosen their grip. In this thinly-veiled, full-scale assault on the nepotism at the heart of the literary establishment during the Salinas regime in the early 1990s, the Mexican author uses all his dexterity as a writer to tell a tale of corruption that cleverly compares the country's cultural hierarchy with the hated Judicial police. This is an important, and clever, novel that earned the author nothing but venom from his peers. He must be doing something right.
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