A Son of Mexico’s Elite Bids for Literary Stardom in the U.S.

By Nick Burns

In Nicolás Medina Mora’s debut novel, a failed attempt at Americanization yields critical reflections on two North American elites.

This article is adapted from AQ's special report on Latin America's ports “There are different categories of fancy Mexican,” says one character in Nicolás Medina Mora’s debut novel, América del Norte. These include fresas (“harmless, except for their accents, which are known to cause aneurysms,”) pipopes, mirreyes, progres (“fresas who read Open Veins of Latin America”) and juniors (“the nepo babies of someone in the Cabinet”). In this mock taxonomy, the novel’s protagonist, Sebastián Arteaga y Salazar, is a junior. His father, one of Mexico’s most powerful...

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