The War of the Fatties and Other Stories from Aztec History

9780292755543: Paperback
Release Date: 1st March 1994

1 b&w illus., 2 maps

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 292

Series Clássicos/Clásicos, Texas Pan American Series

University of Texas Press

The War of the Fatties and Other Stories from Aztec History

Written by
Salvador Novo
Translated by
Michael Alderson
Paperback / £23.99

In "The War of the Fatties," a campy, tongue-in-cheek retelling of an episode from the Mexican "Trojan War," naked fat women from Tlatelolco discombobulate Tenochtitlan's invading army by squirting them with breast milk. Told with satiric allusions to the policies and tactics used by Mexico's current ruling party, PRI, to consolidate its power, the play unfolds a history of vain rivalry and decadence, intricate political maneuvers, corruption, and unchecked ambition that determined the course of Mexican history for two centuries before the Spanish conquest.

Novo's other works in this collection—"A Few Aspects of Sex among the Nahuas," "Ahuítzotl and the Magic Water," "Cuauhtémoc: Play in One Act," "Cuauhtémoc and Eulalia: A Dialogue," "Malinche and Carlota: A Dialogue," and "In Ticitézcatl or The Enchanted Mirror: Opera in Two Acts"—represent nearly all of his Aztec-related writings. Taken together, they provide a delightful introduction to Novo's later works and a light-hearted, historically accurate introduction to Aztec culture. The text is supplemented by a glossary of Nahuatl terms, notes on the historical characters, and an introduction that provides historical background and places Novo's works within their cultural context.

  • Introduction: About the Author
  • Notes to Introduction
  • Translator’s Note
  • “A Few Aspects of Sex among the Nahuas”
  • In Pipiltzintzin (The Children) orThe War of the Fatties: Comedy in Two Acts
  • “Ahuítzotl and the Magic Water”(Chapter from the unpublished Historia de Coyoacán)
  • Cuauhtémoc: Play in One Act
  • Cuauhtémoc and Eulalia: A Dialogue
  • Malinche and Carlota: A Dialogue
  • In Ticitézcatl or The Enchanted Mirror: Opera in Two Acts
  • Appendix A: “Mexicans Like ’em Fat”
  • Appendix B: Lineage Chart of the Kings of Tenochtitlan and Neighboring Cities
  • Appendix C: Map of Anáhuac and Central Mexico
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • For an Excellent Quick Introduction
  • Texts and Authors Mentioned by Novo
  • Other Works of Interest
  • Works by Novo
  • Critical Studies and Books about Novo
  • Bibliographies of Novo’s Work

One of the group of talented poets and playwrights known as los Contemporáneos, Salvador Novo (1904-1974) received the prestigious Premio Nacional de Literatura in 1969.

The late Michael Alderson was an independent scholar and freelance translator.

"Five short plays and other writings by the late poet, playwright, and essayist Novo take a wise, farcical, and irreverent view of Aztec culture, along with jabs at contemporary Mexican politics."

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