The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle.pdf
Coming off the most successful book of a decorated career--"Say Her Name"--"The Interior Circuit" is Francisco Goldman's timely and provocative journey into the heart of Mexico City. "The Interior Circuit" is Goldman's story of his emergence from grief five years after his wife's death, symbolized by his attempt to overcome his fear of driving in the city. Embracing the DF (Mexico City) as his home, Goldman explores and celebrates the city, which stands defiantly apart from so many of the social ills and violence wracking Mexico. This is the chronicle of an awakening, both personal and political, "interior" and "exterior," to the meaning and responsibilities of home. Mexico's narco war rages on and, with the restoration of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (the PRI) to power in the summer's 2012 elections, the DF's special apartness seems threatened. In the summer of 2013, when Mexican organized crime violence and death erupts in the city in an unprecedented way, Goldman sets out to try to understand the menacing challenges the city now faces. By turns exuberant, poetic, reportorial, philosophic, and urgent, "The Interior Circuit" fuses a personal journey to an account of one of the world's most remarkable and often misunderstood cities.
Praise for SAY HER NAME "Quietly devastating . . . Powerful . . . As the story builds--inevitably, unbearably--toward Aura's last day, Goldman has so convincingly brought her to life that her death still somehow comes as a shock. . . . Goldman's beautifully written, deeply felt ode to his wife . . . lets you meet this unusual woman through Goldman's lovestruck gaze, and you can't help falling for her a little too. Even after the book ends, the sting of Aura's absence lingers." --"Entertainment Weekly "(A-) "A masterpiece of storytelling and scene-setting."--Colm Toibin, "The Guardian "(Best Books of 2011) "Goldman's searing novel "Say Her Name" is for me the book of the year. . . . A soaring paean to a brilliant young woman and to the infinite invincible power of love."--Junot Diaz, "New York" (Favorite Books of the Year) "Passionate and moving . . . Beautifully written... the truth that emerges in this book has less to do with the mystery of [Aura's] death . . . than with the miracle of the astonishing, spirited, deeply original young woman Goldman so adored....So remarkable is this resurrection that at times I felt the book itself had a pulse."--"The New York Times Book Review" "To call Francisco Goldman's book about the death of his young Mexican wife an elegy hardly represents it. Lament is closer, but insufficient. It is a chain of eruptions, a meteor shower; not just telling but bombarding us in a loss that glitters. With the power and fine temper of its writing, it is as much poem as prose. . . . Tense set pieces, respectively heartbreaking and chilling...generate the book's propulsive drama. What they propel, though, is its most remarkable achievement: the incandescent portrait of a marriage of opposites."--"The Boston Globe" ""Say Her Name" brings something new to the rime of the grieving survivor: fresh supplies of imagination, ruthlessness and over-the-edge crazy love. . . . The intensity, tenderness and heatP
Francisco Goldman is the author of the novels: "Say Her Name; The Long Night of White Chickens, " winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction; "The Ordinary Seaman, " a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and "The Divine Husband." His last book of non-fiction, "The Art of Political Murder, " was awarded the Index on Censorship's TR Fyvel Freedom of Expression Book Award.