The Proletarian Commune in Veracruz: José Mancisidor's La ciudad roja

Alfonso Fierro*

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In La ciudad roja, Mancisidor rewrites the 1922 tenant strikes in the city of Veracruz, a social movement that managed to paralyze the city's economy throughout that year. In this article, I discuss the novel in relation to the larger ambitions and objectives of the “proletarian literature” collective project. The article focuses on three aspects of the novel: first, the process of historical rewriting that frames, selects, and erases different elements of the Veracruz tenant strikes; second, the novel's account of the communal urban space that emerged during the rent strikes; and finally, the relation presented in the novel between the artist-leader of the tenant movement and the proletarian masses. I will suggest that this may be understood as a novelization or a novelized debate of the aesthetic and political program of “proletarian literature” as a whole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-105
Number of pages23
JournalHispanic Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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