Down and Delirious in Mexico City: The Aztec Metropolis in the Twenty-first Century

Down and Delirious in Mexico City: The Aztec Metropolis in the Twenty-first Century


By (author) Daniel Hernandez

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  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 14 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1416577033
  • ISBN 13: 9781416577034
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 379,500

Product description

This book recounts Hernandez's electrifying journey through the far-off slums, glittering fashion parties and rapturous religious rituals of one of the world's most exciting megacities - the seething urban valley known as 'D.F.' to the locals. In vivid, intimate storytelling, Hernandez shows readers the youth subcultures - or 'urban tribes' - that define social life for young people in the megalopolis. Surrounded by volcanoes, earthquake-prone and caked in smog, the city is a place of astounding manifestations of danger, desire, humour, and beauty, a surreal landscape of 'elemental violence'. In the 'lake of fire' that is Mexico City, youth tribes brawl in public plazas and kidnapping gangs terrorise the wealthy. As the year 2012 approaches, the so-called end of the Mayan calendar, Hernandez contemplates a vision of a future where Mexico City could locate a 'cosmic equilibrium' that has eluded it for five centuries.

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Author information

Daniel Hernandez is a freelance journalist in Mexico City and a contributor at the Mexico City bureau of the "Los Angeles Times." He is a former staff writer of the "Los Angeles Times" and "LA Weekly." His journalism has appeared over a variety of platforms and regions, including "All Things Considered" and "Latino USA" on NPR, "The Guardian," "El Pais," and "Gatopardo." Daniel is a native of San Diego and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

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""Let's Go Mexico City" this isn't, and we're all the better for it."--Josh Kun, University of Southern California.