In his “Primer ensayo hacia una tragedia mexicana”, Rodolfo Usigli El gesticulador”, observes that in writing the play Usigli appears to have pursued two goals. : El gesticulador (COLECCION LETRAS HISPANICAS) (Letras Hispanicas / Hispanic Letters) (Spanish Edition) (): Usigli, Rodolfo. El Gesticulador / La Mujer no Hace Milagros [Rodolfo Usigli] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. El gesticulador es la maxima obra de.

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El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli

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.

Jul 28, Neal rated it it was amazing. Matthew Leonard rated it really liked it Sep 22, Although I enjoyed reading the book, I do not think that Vesticulador would choose to read it again; however, that being said, I think it presents gesticuladir revolution from an interesting perspective of identity and one’s possession of one’s self versus one’s nation.

Articles needing additional references from July All articles needing additional references. She doesn’t consider herself pretty, gesticularor the author draws a lot of attention to her figure.

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The play was daring for its time in that it used the true language of contemporary politics, a first for Mexican literature. The revolution destroyed the old order and made room for anyone to be whatever they wanted to be. Julia saw truth in that which allowed her to overcome her physical appearance and live the life which she believed was her.


Generally, I do not enjoy reading play’s however I for me, this was an enjoyable read and I think that I can attribute it to both the combination of the plot as well as the way that Usigli constructed the play so that felt that it flowed quickly. I was most interested by the suggestion in the play that one can create an identity, and furthermore a destiny, rooted only in desire. Lines about “apariencias” y “gestos” as well as power or deception struck me as repetitive and obvious.

As this play was written post-revolution, to me it suggests that Usigili is calling upon the Mexican people and leaders to take responsibility for what happened during the revolution and for their actions. O adaptada al cine. 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.

It is well written and an easy read, but I expected more from the ending. I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading El gesticulador. There are two aforementioned and then there is the man that the professor tries to imitate and become, the politician. Oct 11, Guy Arcuri rated it really liked it.

El gesticulador

This gesitculador needs additional citations for verification. Retrieved from ” https: Jun 09, Liliana rated it really liked it. Usigli offers a very harsh critique of the Mexican government as well as the Mexican re I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading El gesticulador.

Un ciudadano del Teatro. To me, Usigli uses his characters as symbols of the Mexican Revolution. Views Read Edit View history. Gesticulzdor work thus became the only play in Mexican history to be censored by the government. Feb 03, Janey Fugate rated it liked it.


One thing that stuck out to me was how Usigli addressed the idea of the Mexican “mask. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In their conversation, gesticuladof attempts to blackmail the other. 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.

Although the authors’ muralist counterparts practiced and produced similar and unified works conveying similar messages, the written artists experienced their own sort of identity crisis because there was no central message or common genre.

I liked the author’s decision to break the play into three parts, each at time intervals four weeks apart, because it allowed for the reader to understand the progression usihli Cesar’s new role over a span of time. Estoy dispuesto a usiyli para asegurar tu porvenir. Feb 03, Callie Deddens rated it really liked it. I was very aware of the idea of deception as I was reading, and the questioning of whether deception is in fact lying or not.

In summary, this story highlights the desperate and extensive efforts of one man, in the wake of the Mexican Revolution, attempting to elevate his status through a lie, to reinstate some of the goals of the revolutionaries as he runs for governor equalityand as a result, is not fully supported by his family and in the end, is assassinated.

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El pueblo saw him as a revolutionary hero, and so he was one. El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli.

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