An English translation of three modern Mexican plays by Rodolfo Usigli: El gesticulador, Jano es una muchacha, and Corona de luz. Front Cover. Annabel Clark. El gesticulador (The Impostor) is regarded by literary historians as the play that graduate degrees in English and comparative literature from the University of. An English translation of three modern Mexican plays by Rodolfo Usigli: El gesticulador, Jano es una muchacha, and Corona de luz / by Annabel Clark.

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To me, Usigli uses his characters as symbols of the Mexican Revolution.

Jul 28, Neal rated it it was amazing. It is well written and an easy read, but I expected more from the ending.

Please verify that you are not a robot. First, the idealistic martyr who dies early in the war, the professor who inherits and tries to keep alive the revolution’s legacy but fails, and then the politician who tries to evoke the ideals of the hero but is killed by the strongman and only ends up perpetrating the violence. Jb Arteaga rated it liked it Jun 16, There is the poor professor whose name is Cesar Rubio and the hero who died in the war.

I also enjoyed the diction: El gesticulador The Impostor is regarded by literary historians as the play that signaled the start of modern Mexican drama. Please enter recipient e-mail address es.

At issue was the play’s declaration of the death of the Mexican Revolution in its institutionalization in the Partido Revolucionario Institucional. Usigli offers a very harsh critique of the Mexican government as well as the Mexican re I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading El gesticulador.


Murderers could pose as heroes, thieves as diplomats and charlatans as founts of wisdom. Set in s post-revolutionary Mexico, its basic ingredients are history and myth, honesty and duplicity, truth and falsehood as well as political intrigue, corruption, party politics and the social dynamics of the Mexican family.

In summary, this story highlights the desperate and extensive efforts of one man, in the wake of the Mexican Revolution, attempting to elevate his status through a lie, to reinstate some of the goals of the revolutionaries as he runs for governor equalityand as a result, is not fully supported by his family and in the end, is assassinated. Already Usigli introduces themes of doubt, family dispute and tension, and appearances, which is first mentioned by Miguel, Rubio’s son, on the fourth page.

Trivia About El gesticulador. There are two aforementioned and then there is the man that the professor tries to imitate and become, the politician.

El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli

Linked Data More info about Linked Data. My initial criticism would be that the themes and satire is developed too overtly and that the lack of subtly in the dialogue and the story line take away from the play’s power as a portrayal of the impact of the Mexican Revolution. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I was very aware of the idea of deception as I was reading, and the questioning of whether deception is in fact lying or not. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Annabel Brake Clark Find more information about: But then I thought about the work as a play, which is meant to be performed and this tempered my unqualified analysis somewhat. Another pivotal role is that of Oliver Bolton. Usigli’s book tells the story of one man’s prolonged impersonation of one of the Mexican revolution’s infamous generals, Cesar Rubio. Oct 11, Guy Arcuri rated it really liked it.


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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Preview this item Preview this item. His Usigli en el teatro: Cancel Forgot your password? I also like how Usigli developed Cesar by introducing his family and their frustration with him gesticluador an intimate level. Es la obra capital de Rodolfo Usigli. Fue un escritor indagador de la verdad. Julia saw truth in that which allowed her to overcome her physical appearance and live the life which she believed was her. Written in the late What is truth?

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