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Book Review: The Arid Sky

October 24, 2018

This article is adapted from AQ’s print issue on how to make Latin American cities better

”This is the story of a man who, though he did not know it, was the era in which he lived.” 

Thus begins Mexican novelist Emiliano Monge’s The Arid Sky, a tale that aims to reveal as much about a place and time — northern Mexico over the course of the 20th century — as it does about its protagonist, a rugged character named Germán Alcántara Carnero.

Monge’s novel airdrops readers into various...

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