A masterpiece of contemporary Latin American fiction, "Oficio de Tinieblas" draws on two centuries of struggle among the Maya Indians, the white landowners, and the conflicted mestiza class in the Chiapas region of Southern Mexico. The novel transposes historical events to the Chiapas of Castellanos's own childhood in the 1930s, and explores, too, the struggle of Mexico's women for independence from the British oppression of their husbands and lovers.
In this Mexican masterpiece, Castellanos (1925-74), one of Mexico's most important and often neglected literary voices focuses on the ongoing struggle between the Mayans, the white landowners, and the mestizo class in the Chiapas region of Mexico. Castellanos, a Chiapas native herself, places the novel in the 1930s of her childhood but bases it on an actual Mayan uprising in the late 1800s. A strong feminist subtext reverberates behind the historical narrative as Castellanos denounces the oppressive myths surrounding motherhood and explores Mexican women's struggle for independence against the domination of their husbands and lovers. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.