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The disaster is separate; That which is most separate. After the massacre at Tlatelolco on October 2, , details were hard to find. Aside from first-hand accounts, there was very little official information which conclusively set a referential record for future generations. One exception was the newspaper El Excelsior, run by Julio Scherer Garcia, which routinely published articles by intellectuals set on speaking against the status quo. Still, a single newspaper was not enough to provide an adequate forum for a disenfranchised sector of Mexico's intelligentsia.
One possible remedy was through literary publications. Indeed the literary production immediately following Tlatelolco surged. Unfortunately, the quantity of such production did not necessarily equate to quality, as Cynthia Steele points out. Furthermore, and perhaps due to their quality, most works were published in very small press runs and many did not survive to a second printing.
This was not the case with Armando Ramirez's Chin Chin el teporocho which managed to survive to a second printing and beyond. First published in by Novaro press and later by Grijalbo, Chin Chin el teporocho is an exception to the many novels published following Tlatelolco in that it does not directly deal with the events of October 2nd.
In fact, this novel is not considered by some to truly be a novela de Tlatelolco. Ramirez's works are usually read in the context of the novela de Tepito. Carol D'Lugo writes that: "[Ramirez] rose from humble beginnings in the impoverished Tepito district in Mexico City to attain an education.
Although others in his position might have abandoned their origins, Ramirez chose to give voice to the marginalized poor Indeed, the focus of studies dealing with Armando Ramirez often focus on the Tepito influence and its representation see, for example, Mary Tyler's "The Apocalyptic Fantasy or Armando Ramirez". According to Gonzalo Martre, the novel uses the Student Movement as nothing more than a background or pretense through which the author is able to formulate a story.
He further claims that the novel makes no emotional, moral, or political commitment to the movement nor to the events surrounding the student massacre Similarly, John Brushwood sees Rogelio's cousin Sonia and her death as a result of an injury sustained at Tlatelolco as "tangential to the story of Rogelio and the other characters just as her life is tangential to the life of the barrio" What Martre and Brushwood fail to recognize is that not all political commitment could be expressed openly.
While indeed the presence of the Student Movement can be seen in only a few pages, its influence is much more prevalent. In fact, the construction and narration of the novel serve to accentuate these events precisely by not giving them a place within the text. In terms of narration, the student massacre is given only a minimal passing mention Author: Juan J. Date: May From: Chasqui Vol. Publisher: Chasqui. Document Type: Article. Length: 9, words. Access from your library This is a preview.
Get the full text through your school or public library. Source Citation Rojo, Juan J. Accessed 4 June
Chin Chin El Teporocho
Politics of absence in Armando Ramirez's Chin Chin El Teporocho
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