Re: RE : RARA-AVIS: Locations

From: Jacob Zumoff (
Date: 23 Apr 2007

Hello, I've enjoyed this discussion.

I just wanted to clarify that Paco Ignacio Taibo II did not come from Argentina, but from Asturia.

His father, Paco Ignacio Taibo, was a Spanish leftist who came to Mexico in the 1930s as an exile during the Spansh Civil War. (The father is also a writer, hence the use of "I" and "II" which is not common in Spanish names.)

I believe he had Spanish citizenship and at one point he contemplated moving to Spain during the repression in Mexico, although he didn't and, I believe, he obtained Mexican citizenship instead. (Mexico not allowing duel citizenship until recently). This, I think, is all explained in his book 1968.

Finally, I've been lurking on the list for about a month, and I hate for my first post to be pedantic.
(However, I happen to be a fan of Paco Ignacio Taibo and I think his lineage is actually important to understand his novels.)

I will try to post a brief "into" today or tomorrow, but suffice it to say for now that I have enjoyed the discussions on the list thus far.

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