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Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution:
I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual by C.M. Mayo
In a blend of personal essay and a rendition of deeply researched
metaphysical and Mexican history that reads like a novel, award-winning
writer and noted literary translator C.M.
provides a rich introduction and the first English translation
of Spiritist Manual, the secret book by Francisco
leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution and President of Mexico, 1911-1913.
my fifteen years of researching the life of President Francisco
I. Madero, I have never read a more complete book as the one
just written by C.M. Mayo. It will simply surprise any reader.
The research is impeccable and the narrative well-rounded."
Manuel Guerra de Luna,
author of Los Madero: La Saga Liberal
"In this delightfully engaging book, C.M. Mayo brings to
vivid light an aspect of Mexican history astonishingly neglected
by most historians: the Spiritist beliefs and practices of Francisco
Madero, instigator and first leader of the world-historical event
that was the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Fruit of considerable
research, this volume includes the first translation into English
of Madero's Spiritist Manual, itself an invaluable contribution
to the historical record."
Professor, English, University of Texas-Pan American
"Mayo does brilliant
job combining the known facts of the Mexican Revolution and Madero's
role within it, and creates an intellectual bridge to the president's
spiritist belief structure...With her translation of the Spiritist
Manual, C.M. Mayo opened this incredible window into the
metaphysical side of the Mexican Revolution"
Heribert von Feilitzsch, author of In Plain
Sight: Felix Sommerfeld, Spymaster in Mexico
"Ever astonishing are the greats whose inner tracks
wholly diverge from their renown. Such a case is Francisco I.
Madero, first president of Mexico after the 1910 revolution,
whose political genius was immersed in mysticism, and equally
extraordinary is C. M. Mayo's account of this paradox in Metaphysical
Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution. Threading the tortuous
path of Madero from birth to assassination, and culminating in
the first translation into English of the little-known Spiritist
Manual of this master of statecraft, Mayo's account brings
to life the duality of the singular founder of Mexican democracy."
Bruce Berger, author of The Telling Distance:
Conversations with the American Desert
Odisea metafísica hacia la Revolución Mexicana,
Francisco I. Madero y su libro secreto, Manual espírita,
FOR C.M. MAYO'S
THE LAST PRINCE OF THE MEXICAN EMPIRE
A Library Journal Best Book, 2009
"Once upon a time,
there was a little half-American boy who briefly became heir
to the Mexican throneuntil his distraught parents sued
the doomed Emperor Maximilian for his return. As in the best
historical fiction, Mayo's sparkling first novel transforms a
forgotten historical footnote into a spellbinding, heartbreaking
tale filled with drama and fascinating characters."
"It is a hefty, sprawling
work, more than 400 pages long, but at no point does it begin
to sag under its own weight. Perhaps because its spread is solidly
supported by facts, Mayo's intricate plot trips along at a natural,
inexorable pace, easily traveling the sweeping map she has laid
out for it, from Washington to Mexico City and all the way to
the imperial halls of Europe... a swashbuckling, riotous good
time, befitting the fairy-tale promise of the opening sentence."
FOR C.M. MAYO'S
"With elegant prose
and an artist's eye for detail, Mayo may just have written one
of the best books ever about Baja California. Highly recommended"
if only I had been at C.M. Mayo's side in her rendezvous through
Baja California... My recourse is her joyful, intellectually
author of The Hispanic Condition
breathtaking vision of the past, present, and future of [Baja
California]... Meticulously researched... a valuable combination
of historical and social study"
"A luminous exploration
of Baja California, from its southern tip at Cabo San Lucas to
its 'lost city' of Tijuana... [Mayo] takes the fiction writer's
impulse and blends it with the instincts of a journalist to create
a work of nonfiction that elides into modern myth"
Angeles Times Book Review
FOR C.M. MAYO'S
MEXICO: A TRAVELER'S LITERARY COMPANION
of the outstanding contemporary works on this country"
Huerta, El Universal, Mexico City
is a book to throw in a suitcase or mochila (backpack)
on the way to Mexico or just settling into a favorite patio chair.
It will open your eyes, fill you with pleasure and render our
perennial vecinos a little less distante."
Times Book Review
anthology . . . allows readers who do not have roots in Mexico
or who have never traveled there a glimpse into the rich diversity
of people and landscape. For travelers, these selections enhance
exploration and offer vistas beyond the scope of the usual tourist
guide. For other readers, they provide a clearer understanding
of the cultural and social forces that shape today's Mexico.
it was like opening a door and walking into a brightly lit room
filled with all kinds of literary treasures"
FOR C.M. MAYO'S
SKY OVER EL NIDO
"A remarkable literary
debut... tautly fashioned prose, alive with myriad turns of phrase
as on-target as they are idiosyncratic."
writes some of the most exquisitely fashioned, perfectly measured
prose alive in the world today. Her stories glitter with delicious
odd details. They feel electrically charged, richly mysterious,
and rhythmic. I love her layering of cultures, her offbeat humor,
her potent instinct for voices. Bravo! Captivating! Yes, yes,
haywire circuits of our whole electrically but not ethically
connected global village stand exposed in Mayo's work. Sky
Over El Nido won the 1995 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short
Fiction. I am not surprised."
Toolan, S.J., Commonweal
Over El Nido is a breath-taking first collection... These
stories are vibrant, strange, loaded with off-beat humor, exquisite
detail, and delivered with near-perfect pitch. Sky Over El
Nido shimmers with life."
Virginia Quarterly Review