México, D.F. Santillana Ediciones Generales, Alfaguara, Altea, Aguilar, 2005. First Edition. Paperback. 497p., wrps. New. Item #25891
"El tren pasa primero" tells the story of a man who was born in southern Mexico. He had never left the town, but one day the train passed, and in the noise of that machine he heard the story of his life; He experienced an indomitable desire for knowledge that would push him beyond his limits. And indeed, the train led to everywhere: places he never imagined, bodies of knowledge, new skills, people and possibilities. It also led to the instant he began speaking to his railroad companions with such ardor and conviction that he turned them into the vanguard of the worker's struggle. And together, they stopped the country and the regime. Written by celebrated Mexican author and journalist Elena Poniatowska, winner of the 2001 Alfaguara Prize for “La piel del cielo.” She has also published “Lilus Kikus” (1954), “La Flor de Lis” (1988) and “Tinísma” (1992), among other titles.