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Down and Delirious in Mexico City

Down and Delirious in Mexico City

Author(s): Daniel Hernandez

Location(s): Mexico City

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 2000s

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This book recounts Hernandez’s electrifying journey through the far-off slums, glittering fashion parties and rapturous religious rituals of one of the world’s most exciting megacities – the seething urban valley known as ‘D.F.’ to the locals. In vivid, intimate storytelling, Hernandez shows readers the youth subcultures – or ‘urban tribes’ – that define social life for young people in the megalopolis. Surrounded by volcanoes, earthquake-prone and caked in smog, the city is a place of astounding manifestations of danger, desire, humour, and beauty, a surreal landscape of ‘elemental violence’. In the ‘lake of fire’ that is Mexico City, youth tribes brawl in public plazas and kidnapping gangs terrorise the wealthy. As the year 2012 approaches, the so-called end of the Mayan calendar, Hernandez contemplates a vision of a future where Mexico City could locate a ‘cosmic equilibrium’ that has eluded it for five centuries.

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“Daniel Hernandez navigates the beautiful chaos of Mexico City with a reporter’s tenacity, an adventurer’s daring and an open heart that allows him to discover the history that lives inside him. Gorgeously done.”–Laurie Ochoa,...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021