Panteón Municipal La Chaveña, Ciudad Juárez. Photo by Molly Molloy.
On October 31, El Diario de Juárez said the municipal cemeteries were dying. On the Friday before Dia de los Muertos, I walked in the oldest cemetery — La Chaveña. It’s 179 years old. More than 75,000 people in the Paso del Norte have come to rest here. Graves are chiseled into hard ground in the western hills of Juárez and only cactus, ocotillo and bits of spiky brown grass adorn the stones. Someone planted a palo verde sapling in a cement-lined water holder on a newer grave. This tree grows in the driest land of the Chihuahuan desert.
As we approach the end of the year we look back on a great year of publishing, from Patrick Cockburn's best-selling The Rise of Islamic State
, to Kate Evans' graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg
; from Walter Benjamin's Archive
in paperback, to Portraits: John Berger on on Artists
, a beautiful history of art by John Berger, from the Chauvet cave paintings to Cy Twombly, brought together by Tom Overton.
This blog post is split into sections - highlighted in red - such as Current Afffairs, Memoir, History, Theory/Philosophy, to help you find your favourite books!AMERICAN POLITICS
As part of our week dedicated to Graphic Novels, here we bring you Joe Sacco's take on the war in Iraq. Originally published in 2007 in War With No End
, a collection of writers and activists responding to the ongoing War on Terror, in the strip Sacco puts his incisive reporting to the task of representing the US army's attempt to train a motley bunch of Iraqi volunteers.