The Bandits from R O Fr O, Part I
A romantic tale of Mexico at the dawn of Independence, an adventure, a romance, a political satire, a sociological study, a whodunit, a telenovela, and more. Manuel Payno's classic Mexican novel develops a romantic history of impossible love between the Countess Mariana del Sauz and Lieutenant Colonel Juan Robreno. An illegitimate son results from a brief union of these lovers, and this star-crossed child is kidnapped and abandoned by Aztec witches. Wrongly accused of theft and murder, he must pursue the truth of his birth through staggering misfortunes. Along the way he experiences war, famine, plague, and association with Evaristo, a bandit of national and even international fame who nearly brings a government to its knees.These and a host of other memorable characters are swept up in a web of organized crime spun by the fabulous Relumbron, presidential assistant, wealthy aristocrat, church stalwart, family man, and former associate of the great Santa Ana.
- Paperback | 456 pages
- 147.3 x 226.1 x 33mm | 680.39g
- 30 Jun 2007
- Tucson, Ariz
- Illustrations, black and white
"Mexican soap operas or "telenovelas" are famous around the world for being addictively entertaining. Long before the "telenovela", there was the "novela", and the granddaddy of all Mexican novels is Manuel Payno's "Los Bandidos de Rio Frio" (1891). You might pick it up out of curiosity about a very different place and time, but it is Payno's wild, melodramatic, and thoroughly captivating story that will keep you reading. Alan Fluckey's jaunty and fluid translation is a perfect match for Payno's prose."-- Dr. David Frye, University of Michigan. Translator of "The Mangy Parrot" by Jose Joaquin Fernandez Lizardi (Hackett Press)