Horizontal Vertigo: A City Called Mexico Audiobook, by Juan Villoro Play Audiobook Sample

Horizontal Vertigo: A City Called Mexico Audiobook

Horizontal Vertigo: A City Called Mexico Audiobook, by Juan Villoro Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Gabriel Porras Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 11.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593395356

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Longest Chapter Length:

69:54 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

21 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

19:25 minutes

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At once intimate and wide-ranging, and as enthralling, surprising, and vivid as the place itself, this is a uniquely eye-opening tour of one of the great metropolises of the world, and its largest Spanish-speaking city.   Horizontal Vertigo: The title refers to the fear of ever-impending earthquakes that led Mexicans to build their capital city outward rather than upward. With the perspicacity of a keenly observant flaneur, Juan Villoro wanders through Mexico City seemingly without a plan, describing people, places, and things while brilliantly drawing connections among them. In so doing he reveals, in all its multitudinous glory, the vicissitudes and triumphs of the city ’s cultural, political, and social history: from indigenous antiquity to the Aztec period, from the Spanish conquest to Mexico City today—one of the world’s leading cultural and financial centers.   In this deeply iconoclastic book, Villoro organizes his text around a recurring series of topics: “Living in the City,” “City Characters,” “Shocks,” “Crossings,” and “Ceremonies.” What he achieves, miraculously, is a stunning, intriguingly coherent meditation on Mexico City’s genius loci, its spirit of place.

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“An affectionate exploration of the country’s capital city. [Villoro] does not shy away from issues of poverty, class, and gender, and the result is an enthralling, often funny depiction of a city that ‘overflowed urbanism and installed itself in mythology.’”

— New Yorker 


  • “A contemporary portrait of Mexico City that is as diverse and labyrinthine as the city itself.”

    — The Guardian (London)
  • “This is Villoro’s masterpiece…Villoro finds a new, postmodern way of portraying the contemporary city.”

    — World Literature Today


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

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