Rodolfo Usigli (Mexico D. F. ) consagro su vida entera al teatro y lucho por dar a conocer al mundo un teatro mexicano, una “”comedia humana””, . El Gesticulador (pieza para demagogos en tres actos) [Rodolfo Usigli, Rex Edward Ballinger] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In his “Primer ensayo hacia una tragedia mexicana”, Rodolfo Usigli El gesticulador”, observes that in writing the play Usigli appears to have pursued two goals.

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As this play was written post-revolution, to me it suggests that Usigili is calling upon the Mexican people and leaders to take responsibility for what happened during the revolution and for their actions.

Published January 1st by Ediciones Catedra S. El gesticulador embodies the “search for identity” so common to literature of the Mexican Revolution.

La universalidad de El gesticulador de Rodolfo Usigli: Una lectura brechtiana

I also like how Usigli developed Cesar by introducing his family and their frustration with him on an intimate level. The repetition of her self-loathing demonstrates the machist I truly enjoyed reading Usigli’s play and have already contemplated how it could be staged. Elena allowed herself to be convinced that what started as a lie in reality became a harmless opportunity for an unlucky man to take hold of his potential.

Apr 28, Jennifer Johnson rated it it was ok. To ask other readers questions about El gesticuladorplease sign up.

Jun 09, Liliana rated it really liked it. Its debut in the Mexico City ‘s Palacio de Bellas Artes was welcomed by usiglo theater-going public, but was met with hostility by the Mexican government. Usigli’s book tells the story of one man’s prolonged impersonation of one of the Mexican revolution’s infamous generals, Cesar Rubio. Although the actual language is relatively easy to understand and the themes of appearances and self-identification are overtly emphasized, I gesticuladof this play to be a wonderful insight into the mind of artists during the early to mid twentieth century.


Robreto liked the author’s decision to break the play into three parts, each at time intervals four weeks apart, because it allowed for the reader to understand the progression of Cesar’s new role over a span of time. I was able to connect with him and understand his thought process robegto the lie – which made it interesting to continue reading. This play brought a lot of interesting questions about identity to the surface for me as well. In the second act one of the most interesting dialogue exchanges is gesticuladorr Estrella and Elena in which Estrella says to her “What admirable feminine insight!

El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli. Hector Torres rated it it was amazing Oct 05, El gesticulador es una de las primeras tragedias hispanoamericanas. Please help improve this article by adding citations gesticulxdor reliable sources. Yo soy major que muchos de ellos. The repetition of her self-loathing demonstrates the machista attitude in Geshiculador.

I was most interested by the suggestion in the play that one can create an identity, and furthermore a destiny, rooted only in desire. Oct 11, Guy Arcuri rated it really liked it. Generally, I do not enjoy reading play’s usig,i I for me, this was an enjoyable read and I think that I can attribute it to both the combination of the plot as well as the way that Usigli constructed the play so that felt that it flowed quickly.

His legacy will live on because of those who believe in it, just like the Mexican Revolution, while appearing to be a failure to some, lived on through those who believed in its purpose. It is well written and an easy read, but I expected more from the ending. The play opens, and one of the first lines is Julia complaining that she is ugly. View all 7 comments.


El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli

Books by Rodolfo Usigli. Un ciudadano del Teatro. Only Miguel clings to a traditional concept of the truth. Preview — El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli.

El Gesticulador allows the reader to question the meaning of truth. Feb 03, Callie Deddens rated it really liked it. Paperbackpages. To me, Usigli uses his characters as symbols of the Mexic I enjoyed reading El gesticulador more than I thought I would.

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The play was daring for its time in that it used the true language of contemporary politics, a first for Mexican literature. Alexis rated it really liked it Nov 16, The revolution destroyed the old order and made room for anyone to be whatever they wanted to be.

Julia saw gezticulador in that which allowed her to overcome hesticulador physical appearance and live the life which she believed was her. But for me, Usigli is critiquing this way of “finding oneself” suggesting that identity cannot be rooted only in desire, deception, and falsities.

Although the authors’ muralist counterparts practiced and produced similar and unified works conveying similar messages, the written artists experienced their own sort of identity crisis because there was no central message or common genre. The work thus became the only play in Mexican history to be censored by the government.

Written in the late s, El Gesticulador took a decade to make it to the stage. I truly enjoyed reading Usigli’s play and have already contemplated how it could be staged. Truth is what impostors, advertisers and politicians convince us it is.

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