El Gesticulador [Rodolfo Usigli] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Rodolfo Usigli’s El gesticulador is a political commentary in dramatic guise. It is by that token an accusing statement on contemporary Mexican reality, and. El gesticulador is a play about politics and corruption, human relationships, the conflict between truth and lies, reality and appearance, and role-playing in.

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El Gesticulador allows the reader to question the meaning of truth. Facebook Twitter Email Print. I thought the conversation between Cesar and Navarro helped to illustrate this idea as well as to depict the corruption present in the Mexican revolution.

She doesn’t consider herself pretty, but the author draws a lot of attention to her figure. Another pivotal role is that of Oliver Bolton.

El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli

El gesticulador embodies the “search for identity” so common to literature of the Mexican Revolution. Again, similar to my previous reading of Los de Abajo, this story does not feature a happy ending necessarily, but more importantly concludes with the continuation of corrupt leadership and a false idea of heroism. Even then it was met with hostility. As this play was written post-revolution, to me it suggests that Usigili is calling upon the Mexican people and gesticulaodr to take responsibility for what happened during the revolution and for their actions.

I was able to connect with him and understand his thought process behind the lie – which made it interesting to continue reading. Gesticulzdor was very aware of the idea of deception as Ggesticulador was reading, and the questioning of whether deception is in fact lying or not.

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To me, Usigli uses his characters as symbols of the Mexic I enjoyed reading El gesticulador more than I thought I would. Paperbackpages. But the play has outlived the scandal and is gesticuladpr of Latin America’s best.

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Feb 03, Janey Fugate rated it liked it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This page was last edited on 2 Octoberat El Gesticulador centers around Cesar Rubio, an unemployed professor who, in the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution, settles with his family in a small town in the north of Mexico.

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Already Usigli introduces themes of doubt, family dispute and tension, and appearances, which is first mentioned by Miguel, Rubio’s son, on the fourth page. Although I enjoyed reading the book, I do not think that I would choose to read it again; however, that being said, I think it presents the revolution from an interesting perspective of identity and one’s possession of one’s self versus one’s nation.

On the surface, there are two Cesar Rubios. In the second act one of the most interesting dialogue gfsticulador is between Estrella and Elena in which Estrella says to her “What admirable feminine insight!

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Preview — El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli. One thing that stuck out to me was how Usigli addressed the idea of the Mexican “mask. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Rubio claims to be the hero, telling the professor that he was disillusioned with the outcome of the revolution and geesticulador decided to retire from public life. Feb 03, Callie Deddens rated it really liked it. Views Read Edit View history. I loved this play. Books by Rodolfo Usigli.

Search UW News Search for: I truly enjoyed reading Usigli’s play and have already contemplated how it could be staged.

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Lists with This Book. There are two aforementioned and then there is the man that the professor tries to imitate and become, the politician. I was able to connect with him and u Usigli’s book tells the story of one man’s prolonged impersonation of one of the Mexican revolution’s infamous generals, Cesar Rubio.


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The story is published in The New York Timesand Rubio comes to the attention of his compatriots, receiving accolades and fielding offers to run for the governorship of his state against a corrupt Revolutionary general. Written in the late s, El Gesticulador took a decade to make it to the stage.

El gesticulador es una de las primeras tragedias hispanoamericanas. Rita Montes rated it it was amazing Mar 02, I was most interested by the suggestion in the play that one can create an identity, and furthermore a destiny, rooted only in desire. It is well written and an easy read, but I expected more from the ending. But I would argue that there are in fact three. I would even venture to say that his role as a US professor is directly related to how the United States tends to be greedy, sticking its nose in other countries’ business.

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View all 7 comments. Oct 02, Dusty rated it it was amazing Recommended to Dusty by: The repetition of her self-loathing demonstrates the machista attitude in Mexico. Rubio loses himself in his new identity, viewing it as an opportunity to renew the promise of the Revolution.