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Mexico City's Metro (a voyage to the end of the squeeze)

Mexico City is a city of contrasts, of change and tradition, which has long captured the imagination of chroniclers and poets alike. The British Academy and the Mexican Embassy to the UK organised an event to celebrate this diversity, tracing the history of the city from its pre-Columbian origins to its transition into modernity, whilst exploring its rich cultural heritage, and in spring 2009 the Academy is publishing the presentations. The book begins with an atmospheric prologue by the famous Mexican writer and journalist, Carlos Monsiváis. In this extract, he captures the essence of Mexico City’s metro system.

• Carlos Monsiváis

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, Issue 12 (January 2009).