'This is not only a novel of the Mexican Revolution, but also of our own contemporary madness, and Sergio Waisman's translation captures its full force and fervor.' - Sandra Cisneros, author of the House on Mango Street With revolution sweeping the Mexican countryside, Demetrio Macias, a poor illiterate Indian, is forced to join the rebels in order to save his family. His courage and charisma earn him important friends-and a generalship in the army of the legendary Pancho Villa-but in the face of mounting defeats and increasing factionalism, Demetrio begins to feel estranged from the cause. Mariano Azuela's stirring novel about the first great revolution of the twentieth century is a powerful portrait of the disillusionment of war, an authentic representation of Mexico's peasant life, and an iconic novel of the Latin American experience. 'An essential book for Mexico. Mariano Azuela's pen is a warm gun, and Sergio Waisman's translation, introduction, and notes are a s vivid, well aimed, and sharp as the gunshots in the battle.' - Elena Poniatowska Translated with an Introduction and Notes by SERGIO WAISMAN .