De Alemania. Ulises CARRIÓN.
De Alemania.

Carrión’s Second Book

De Alemania.

159 pp. & one leaf with index & colophon. Small 8vo (180 x 115 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers (spine slightly worn). Guaymas, Mexico: Joaquín Mortiz, August 1970.

First and only edition of Carrión’s second book, a collection of six short stories, printed in a numbered edition of 3000 copies. In the 1960s, Carrión (1941-89) was one of Mexico’s emerging literary talents; a number of his short stories had been published in leading journals, and his first play, El Gran Espectáculo, was performed at the Casa de la Cultura de Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, to rave reviews. Following his studies in philosophy and letters at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, he spent time in France and Germany (1964-65), with the aid of scholarships, learning both languages.

Dissatisfaction with the Mexican literary world and local hostility toward the gay community drove Carrión to emigrate to Amsterdam in 1970, where he found a progressive and free-spirited milieu. From then on he conscientiously abandoned literature and fully dedicated his life and work to the visual arts, in the form of books, films, social experiments, performances, mail art, etc. This book represents the artist’s final moment as a traditional/conventional author, preceding his conversion to experimental and avant-garde methods of communication.

“In 1970, he published [a second] six-story collection, De Alemania, considered a more mature work. Here, he has perfected the interior monologue, which is the primary manner in which his characters disclose themselves. In some stories, the salient characteristic is alienation, but in others, Carrión employs humor as a catalyst. Since such characteristics are not always mutually exclusive, he does achieve a delicate balance between the two.”–Dictionary of Mexican Literature (1992), ed. Eladio Cortés, p. 147.

Very good copy of a book that is scarce on the market; internally fine, but the spine is a little worn, as with most copies. Early price sticker on inside of lower wrapper. Housed in a cloth clamshell box.

❧ U. Carrión, Quant aux Livres (2008), p. 197.

Ulises Carrión: ¿Mundos personales o estrategias culturales? (2003), pp. 13-14 & Bibliography no. 4.

Juan J. Agius & Ricardo Ocampo, ed., Ulises Carrión: Books & More, Catalogue Raisonné (2013) pp. 24-25.

See also, Heriberto Yépez, “The Four Periods of Ulises Carrion,” in Ulises Carrión: Books & More, Catalogue Raisonné, pp. 122-34.

Price: $950.00

Item ID: 8047