Jorge Ibarguengoitia, Las Muertas [The Dead Girls]

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Jorge Ibargüengoitia (1928) was one of Mexico’s sharpest and most ironic chroniclers until his untimely death in 1983. Las muertas [The Dead Girls] (1977) is the grotesque fictionalisation of the infamous “Las Poquianchis” scandal. 1964 saw the arrest of three madrotas [madams], the Baladro sisters, in the state of Guanajuato where they ran various brothels, buried prostitutes and aborted babies on their unlawful premises (Clark: 1989, p.21). The novel is a humorous attack against certain moral hypocrisies present in Mexican politics and society. It is also a parody of creative nonfiction, particularly of New Journalism, and questions the appropriateness of traditional crime fiction in a Mexican context. Both New Journalism and crime fiction were immensely popular in the 1960s and…

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Citation: Lange, Charlotte. "Las Muertas". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 November 2022 [, accessed 04 December 2023.]

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