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Penguin Random House Mexico (1982)
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by Augustin, Jose

When Eligio awakes to find his wife Susana has left Mexico unannounced to attend a writing program in Iowa, he embarks on a
journey that will change both their lives.

Set during the Reagan Era, DESERTED CITIES takes a bitingly satirical look at the U.S. from the perspective of its foreign visitors that is all too relevant today. By turns poignant and hilarious, the novel takes aim at everyone - from the genteel American program directors to the Mexican macho undone by his wife's new-found independence - while offering a tender reflection on love, renunciation, and acceptance.

JOSÉ AGUSTÍN is considered one of the most significant Mexican writers of the second half of the 20th century. He was a key figure in la Onda (the Wave), an anti-establishment literary movement born in Mexico City that insisted on using language and themes that better reflected the counter- culture of Mexico's youth. Agustín launched his prolific writing career at the age of twenty with the novels La tumba (The Tomb, 1964) and De perfil (In Profile, 1966) and fast went on to become a cult figure for generations of Mexican readers and writers to come. He is the author of numerous award-winning novels, plays, and screenplays and has received fellowships from the Center for Mexican Writers, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

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