September 15, 1991 |
In describing himself and his fellow countrymen, Mexican poet Octavio Paz once observed that they are all the sons and daughters of bitches. The Spaniard raped the Indian, he said, and the Mexican was conceived. This involuntary and brutal beginning has haunted all Mexicans for 500 years. Wherever they live, whatever their social class, they are metaphorical bastards in search of an identity.