The Day of the Dead: And Other Mortal Reflections download epub
by Frank Gonzalez-Crussi
This collection was inspired by Gonzalez-Crussi’s involvement in a BBC documentary which brought him back to his native Mexico for its Day of the Dead festivities
This collection was inspired by Gonzalez-Crussi’s involvement in a BBC documentary which brought him back to his native Mexico for its Day of the Dead festivities. The best pieces here involve a detailed recounting of the post-mortem adventures of Eva Peron’s corpse, the discovery of a statue of the Azetc death goddess Coatlicue, a very poignant memory from Gonzalez-Crussi’s own childhood, and an autopsy he conducted in front of a film crew. This isn’t his best book, but Gonzalez-Crussi's essays are always thoughtful, urbane, and good reading.
The Day of the Dead and Other Mortal Reflections (Harcourt Brace . The BBC production (director Kevin Hull) was entitled Day of the Dead, which was filed in the British Film Institute archive
The Day of the Dead and Other Mortal Reflections (Harcourt Brace, 1993). Foreign translations of Dr. Gonzalez-Crussi’s books include: Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Slovakian, Czech, Polish, and Japanese. The BBC production (director Kevin Hull) was entitled Day of the Dead, which was filed in the British Film Institute archive. It was part of the TV Series Bookmark, and was first aired in the UK on April 27, 1992 (Channel BBC-2)
Gonzalez-Crussi has garnered wide critical praise and a passionate readership for his elegant and distinctly personal essay style. Here Dr. Gonzalez-Crussi takes up where his celebrated Notes of an Anatomist left off and ponders human mortality from his unusual perspective - the perspective of, as he puts it, "a corpse handler". A visit to an embalmer apropos of a television documentary, for example, gives rise to a spirited discussion of the rather extraordinary "postmortem careers" of John Dillinger and Evita Peron, the latter rendered nearly indestructible by the embalmer's art.
This isn't the book of the show, however, but Gonzalez-Crussi's later musings and reflections. Gonzalez- Crussi quotes liberally from the embalmer's own writings on the death of John Dillinger, as well as on the fate of Eva Per¢n's body-subjected to elaborate preservation, veneration, and then attempts by anti-Per¢nistas to destroy it.
by F. González-Crussí. A collection of essays that look at mortality from the cold-blooded perspective of morticians and embalmers, with a visit to a Mexican hospital on that country's lively celebration of death. ISBN13:9780156001427. Release Date:October 1994. And Other Mortal Reflections. The opening piece describes a prototypical funeral home in a working-class Chicago neighborhood, presided over by an octogenarian obviously pleased with his life's work.
ESSAYS THE DAY OF THE DEAD And Other Mortal Reflections. By F. Gonzalez-Crussi. Cemeteries, hospitals and funeral homes are hardly the usual backdrop for an entertaining collection of essays. To answer these questions he takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the modern-day netherworld of coroners and undertakers, cemeteries and pathology labs, dipping into history, literature, film and his own memories. Dr. Gonzalez-Crussi is a marvelous storyteller as well as a meticulous observer, and he has written a book about death that is pulsing with life.
The Day of the Dead: And Other Mortal Reflections
The Day of the Dead: And Other Mortal Reflections. Frank Gonzalez-Crussi. Gonzalez-Crussi starts with the history of embalming – with the origins from Egypt as spiritual and for the dead, to modern day techniques that are more for a profitable business and for the living to remove the harrowing aspects of death, to expunge its painful appearance. As he points out, people in America are likely to live closer to a funeral home than to a police station. He is naturally skeptical about extolling embalming, but is not ready to condemn the practice either while predicting the rise of cremation and other forms of closure.
Gonzalez-Crussi writes] with a flowing prose style. There is much here for immediate and future pondering.
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Essays & Correspondence
Publisher: Harcourt; 1st edition (November 1, 1993)
Pages: 179 pages