The Underdogs

The Underdogs

A Novel of the Mexican Revolution

Foreword by:
Introduction by: Sergio Waisman
Translator: Sergio Waisman
Notes by: Sergio Waisman

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143105275
  • 176 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


The greatest novel of the Mexican Revolution, in a brilliant new translation by an award-winning translator

The Underdogs is the first great novel about the first great revolution of the twentieth century. Demetrio Macias, a poor, illiterate Indian, must join the rebels to save his family. Courageous and charismatic, he earns a generalship in Pancho Villa?s army, only to become discouraged with the cause after it becomes hopelessly factionalized. At once a spare, moving depiction of the limits of political idealism, an authentic representation of Mexico?s peasant life, and a timeless portrait of revolution, The Underdogs is an iconic novel of the Latin American experience and a powerful novel about the disillusionment of war.


“Mariano Azuela, more than any other novelist of the Mexican Revolution, lifts the heavy stone of history to see what there is underneath it.”—Carlos Fuentes
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