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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Nellie Campobello, a prominent Mexican writer and "novelist of the Revolution," played an important role in Mexico's cultural renaissance in the s and early s, along with such writers as Rafael Munoz and Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes and artists Diego Rivera, Orozco, and others. Her two novellas, Cartucho first published in and My Mother's Hands first published Nellie Campobello, a prominent Mexican writer and "novelist of the Revolution," played an important role in Mexico's cultural renaissance in the s and early s, along with such writers as Rafael Munoz and Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes and artists Diego Rivera, Orozco, and others.
Her two novellas, Cartucho first published in and My Mother's Hands first published as Las manos de Mama in , are autobiographical evocations of a childhood spent amidst the violence and turmoil of the Revolution in Mexico.
Campobello's memories of the Revolution in the north of Mexico, where Pancho Villa was a popular hero and a personal friend of her family, show not only the stark realism of Cartucho but also the tender lyricism of My Mother's Hands. They are noteworthy, too, as a first-person account of the female experience in the early years of the Mexican Revolution and unique in their presentation of events from a child's perspective.
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Jul 23, Nick rated it liked it. Nellie Campobello, who went on to become a noted dancer in Mexico, grew up in Parral, Chihuahua when it was one of Pancho Villa's last strongholds. Cartuchos is her account of what it was like to be a girl watching as the eventual winners of the Mexican Revolution defeated Villa. This is not history though; it is a girl's view of a childhood marred by death-a whole section is devoted to executions and very few vignettes don't feature one.
There is play in this world; her mother risks everything Nellie Campobello, who went on to become a noted dancer in Mexico, grew up in Parral, Chihuahua when it was one of Pancho Villa's last strongholds. There is play in this world; her mother risks everything to treat wounded men regardless of side; a beloved candyseller enlists but is killed before firing a shot; men die in battle, or are executed as a matter of routine.
There isn't much valor, although plenty of vainglory. She witnesses the kangaroo court that sentences Felipe Angeles, the greatest of Villa's generals some argue that if Villa had listened to him at key points, he wouldn't have lost to death, of course.
The most sadistic of them, Rodolfo Fierro, also appears for a moment but it was left to Rafael F. Munoz to depict how he died -- drowning and so hated that none of his comrades in arms would help him.
Curiously, perhaps because this is a young girl's version, few women appear and those who do are either camp followers or her mother. When I lived in Mexico, there didn't seem to be a family that didn't know how the women were hidden when the Revolutionaries came. If I didn't hear any stories of the women who fell into their clutches, well, those are not the kind of stories that families tell.
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Short Stories. About Nellie Campobello. Nellie Campobello. November 7, — d. July 9, , was a Mexican writer. Like her half-sister Gloria, a well-known ballet dancer, she was also known as an enthusiastic dancer and choreographer. Probably this was a reason, why she concealed traces of her past. She handled also her year of birth indiscriminately as or She spent her childhood in Parral, Chihuahua and her youth in the city of Chihuahua, where she visited the Inglesa de la Colonia Rosales college.
After her father was killed in the Battle of Ojinaga in , her mother remarried the physician Stephen Campbell from Boston, whose last name the children assumed, and which was altered to Campobello by Nellie. In , her mother died. During the revolutionary years she came to Mexico City, where she became later director of the national school of dance Spanish: Escuela Nacional de Danza of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.
Many of her choreographies of indigenous dances were rescued. Her corpse was transferred to Durango in She was never married, but had several affairs. Books by Nellie Campobello. As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young ad Read more Trivia About Cartucho and My M No trivia or quizzes yet.
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Cartucho and My Mother's Hands
It consists of a series of vignettes that draw on Campobello's memories of her childhood and adolescence and the stories her mother told her in Northern Mexico during the war. Though long overlooked, it is now celebrated, among other reasons because it is, as Mexican critic Elena Poniatowska points out, "the only real vision of the Mexican revolution written by a woman. It also, however, is the nickname of a character introduced in the book's opening vignette. The critic Teresa Hurley says of Cartucho that "there is no plot" and points to the book's "unconventional narrative technique and construction.