‘I don’t mean to be called Cristóbal. Cristóbal is my friend; I was going to say my best friend, but I’ll say he’s my only one. Gabriela is my wife. She loves me a lot and sleeps with Cristóbal.’
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Translated by Trevor Stack
Trevor Stack is Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL), as well as Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Knowing History in Mexico: An Ethnography of Citizenship .More about the translator →