Mexico: Travesías Editores, Editorial Maps, 2012. First edition. Hardcover. 238p., illus., indices. New. Item #192995
At the end of the fifties, the writer Elena Poniatowska and the artist Alberto Beltrán work together on a decidedly traditional project: a weekly chronicle in the Sunday supplement of the newspaper News. At that time, the costumbrismo still lives moments of great prestige, and the habits of entertainment and rites of the capital are covered with longing and respect. Clinging to tradition, Poniatowska and Beltrán highlight the hidden and perceptible wealth of Xochimilco, the Chapultepec Forest, San Ángel, Coyoacán, the Paseo de la Reforma, the picturesque trades, the urban archetypes and stereotypes, the world still linked to the XIX century. Elena Poniatowska's chronicles are incisive, amusing notes, full of formal grace, which convey the joy and curiosity of passers-by who always spot what is different in what has been contemplated so many times.