By José Emilio Pacheco
Seven tales depict harsh realities of existence in city Mexico and the tragedies of adolescence innocence betrayed.
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By adopting the local custom of excessive courtesy, you’ll have greater success in negotiations of any kind. Stand your ground, but do it politely. As you travel in Mexico, you may encounter several types of scams, which are typical throughout the world. One involves some kind of a distraction or feigned commotion. While your attention is diverted, a pickpocket makes a grab for your wallet. In another common scam, an unaccompanied child pretends to be lost and frightened and takes your hand for safety.
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Battles in the Desert & Other Stories by José Emilio Pacheco