Conaculta publishes book on Mexico in Culture, one of the most important supplements twentieth century


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The story of one of the most important cultural supplement of the Mexican twentieth century is contained in Mexico in Culture (1949-1961). Renewal literary and critical testimony of Victor Manuel Camposeco, book collection Cultural Journalism DG Publications Conaculta, to be presented at the XXXVI International Book Fair Mining Palace (FILPM).

In the play, Víctor Manuel Camposeco reunites Fernando Benítez, who founded and directed the suplemento- with leading figures of national culture who entered literature and journalism and acquired specialization in a time of booming through chapters and Mexico to the edge of the middle twentieth century, the cultural press, journalistic literary criticism, The Mexico supplement Cultural and Literary criticism in Mexico in Culture.

In this historical review you realize how every week, Mexico in Culture appeared insert in the newspaper Novedades, with texts by Alfonso Reyes, Octavio Paz and many promises that time confirmed as José Emilio Pacheco, Carlos Monsivais, Carlos Valdes, Emmanuel Carballo, Salvador Reyes Nevárez, Elena Poniatowska and other critics and reviewers of the visual arts, music, literature and film, like Hector Azar, Juan García Ponce, Juan Vicente Melo, Emilio García Riera and José de la Colina featured.

«Mexico en la Cultura entered the 1950s as a core of the most brilliant intelligence among Mexican intellectuals. Somewhat in jest, somewhat seriously, the best is said, and above all things privileged talent, «he wrote in the preface to the book the narrator, journalist and editor Federico Campbell (Tijuana, Baja California Norte, 1941 – Mexico City, February 15, 2014).

«Hence, over time, and the natural appearance of jealousy, the group of writers came to be seen from outside, by the other, like a honeycomb in which mutual praise practiced, authors are ninguneaba budding and novelists of success as Luis Spota, author of the very famous was ignored and read almost paradise; by all creditors made a sarcastic nickname: The Mafia. More than a sarcastic allusion to the crime, mafia was understood notion similar to the Sicilian organization for its modus operandi, its mentality and behavior, but in a figurative sense: ironic, mocking, «said Federico Campbell.

In his text, the prologue stated that if in general it is accepted that the great moment of Mexico in Culture occurred in the last five years, largely due to the emergence of transcendental literatures as The Labyrinth of Solitude, of Octavio Paz; El Llano en llamas and Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo; Varia invention of Juan José Arreola; The empty book, Josefina Vicens, and the Air is Clear, Carlos Fuentes. «It was a flourishing decade, a period in which, as it turned out, at least these six works marked a milestone in the catalog of Mexican literature.

«But there was another important factor in the life of the supplement and the beginning of the decade: the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in early 1959, made by young people around 30 years old, intellectuals and handsome, that raised great sympathy and great hope in a world of ideals off, «the essayist.

«The existence of Mexico truncated in 1961 in Culture, after 13 years and 665 numbers, had much to do with the political affinity in an international context in which the disapproving look of Washington and youth eyes met, newcomers, Latin America, «wrote the author of Tijuanenses.

«Mexico en la Cultura focused on intellectual figure of Fernando Benítez, scout (as they say in baseball), a search engine and talent scout, who always included in the concept of culture and social historical task, the power relations , politics, art and scientific knowledge as the greatest and most sublime realization of human beings, «concluded Federico Campbell.

Mexico in Culture (1949-1961). Renewal literary and critical testimony will be presented on Thursday February 19 at 19:00 pm in the Gallery of Rectors, within the activities of the XXXVI International Book Fair Mining Palace in Tacuba No. 5, Old Town, with the participation of Hugo Gutierrez Vega, and the author, with Mireya Vega as moderator.


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