México, D.F: Alfaguara, 2018. First Edition. Paperback. 174p., wrps. new. Item #67122
"Usos rudimentarios de la selva" is a novel that takes place on La Portuguesa, a coffee plantation located in the jungle of Veracruz, Mexico. Here, a Spanish family tries to get ahead in a hostile environment, continually besieged by bandits, guerrillas, corrupt politicians, or Otomies, the original inhabitants of the region, who feel the inhabitants of the farm are invaders of their lands. This story illustrates the unbridled, sensual, and magical life of the jungle, with torrential rains and impossible heat, always on the verge of assault, riot, revolution, and disaster.