The Zapata Brothers: An Opera in the Mexican Desert

In this book you will discover …

This is a picture book unlike any other. Playful and packed with drama and delight, it tells the story through two main characters—a pair of cat brothers that lose their mother—of a journey to the Mexican desert as they face life on their own, in a context riddled with violence and the struggle for survival. A gruelling journey lies ahead, paved with love, sorrow, corruption, friendship, and music. This is a cleverly told story filled with rhymes and puns, and a very moving tribute to national hero Emiliano Zapata as well. It’s also a deeply psychological tale of loss, uncertainty, sacrifice, and faith. The author develops the story with an eye set on a truly distressing and tragic border relationship—the one between the United States and Mexico.

Author: Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen

Ilustrator: Lilian Brøgger

Age: 8 to 10 years

Subject: Poetry, migration, drugs, violence, friendship, homage to Emiliano Zapata (1879-1919), US-Mexico border relationship..

ISBN: 978-607-9306-34-2

Publication Year: 2017

Pages: 104 p.

Format: 25.5 x 27.3 cm

Binding: Rustic

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