The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela
The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution first appeared in a newspaper serialization in 1915, was published in its complete form in 1920, and was first translated into English in 1929. The Underdogs is considered among the finest works of fiction to focus on the Mexican Revolution. The author served as a medic in the conflict, bringing authenticity and insight to the story. The book can be read as a critique of tyranny, of the revolution, or of the reasons why even well-intentioned revolutions can fail. Set against the backdrop of one man’s experience, it explores themes of nationalism, poverty, loyalty, and oppression.