Paco Ignacio Taibo II

Paco Ignacio Taibo II

Paco Ignacio Taibo II has lived in Mexico City since 1958 when his family fled from Spain to escape the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. Taibo II is a spanish leftist intellectual, historian, professor, journalist, social activist, union organizer, and world-renowned writer. Widely known for his policial novels, he is considered the founder of the neopolicial genre in Latin America and is the president of the International Association of Policial Writers. One of the most prolific writers in Mexico today, over 500 editions of his 51 books have been published in 29 countries and over a dozen languages, and include novels, narrative, historical essays, chronicles, and poetry.

Some of his novels have been mentioned among the “Books of the Year” by The New York Times, Le Monde, and the Los Angeles Times. He has received numerous awards including the Grijalbo, the Planeta/Joaquin Mortiz in 1992, the Dashiell Hammett three times for his political novels, and the 813 for the best police novel published in France. His biography of Ernesto “Che” Guevara (“Ernesto Guevara, tambien conocido como el Che“, 1996) has sold over half a million copies around the world and won the 1998 Bancarella Book of the Year award in ItalyAfter growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, Michael studied American history at UC Davis and San Francisco State University.  He is currently a graduate student at the University of Rochester, where he intends to follow up on his work on Paul Goodman and the New Left with other studies related to postwar American culture and intellectual history. 

Calling All Heroes: A Manual for Taking Power

Calling All Heroes: A Manual for Taking Power

SKU: 9781604862058
Author: Paco Ignacio Taibo II • Translated by Gregory Nipper
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604862058
Published: 7/2010
Format: Paperback, ePub, PDF, mobi
Page count: 128
Size: 5 x 8
Subjects: Fiction, Latin America


“Taibo’s writing is witty, provocative, finely nuanced and well worth the challenge.” —Publishers Weekly

“I am his number one fan…I can always lose myself in one of his novels because of their intelligence and humor. My secret wish is to become one of the characters in his fiction, all of them drawn from the wit and wisdom of popular imagination. Yet make no mistake, Paco Taibo—sociologist and historian—is recovering the political history of Mexico to offer a vital, compelling vision of our reality.” —Laura Esquivel, author of Like Water for Chocolate

“The real enchantment of Mr. Taibo’s storytelling lies in the wild and melancholy tangle of life he sees everywhere.” —New York Times Book Review

“Wild and imaginative rambling it may seem, but Paco Ignacio Taibo�s work always conceals absurdly hidden truths, and in this case the absurdly hidden truth concerned the universally condemned massacre of students in Tlatelolco, Mexico, in 1968. The author weaves a highly inventive tale populated by comic book and literary heroes who help the convalescing journalist N�stor recall the moment and recreate the tragic events that the Mexican government crudely, yet effectively, sought to erase from the country�s official history. Taibo uses humour and an unrivalled inventiveness to shine a light onto the darkness, and the result is intoxicating, and subversive, enchantment.” —Latin American Review of Books

“It doesn’t matter what happens. Taibo’s novels constitute an absurdist manifesto. No matter how oppressive a government, no matter how strict the limitations of life, we all have our imaginations, our inventiveness, our ability to liven up lonely apartments with a couple of quacking ducks. If you don’t have anything left, oppressors can’t take anything away.” —Washington Post Book World

Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail!: Stories of Crime, Love and Rebellion

Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail!: Stories of Crime, Love and Rebellion

SKU: 9781604860962
Editors: Gary Phillips and Andrea Gibbons
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604860962
Published: 10/2011
Format: Paperback
Size: 5.5 x 8
Page count: 360
Subjects: Fiction Anthology


Burn, Baby, Burn.

An incendiary mixture of genres and voices, this collection of short stories compiles a unique set of work that revolves around riots, revolts, and revolution. From the turbulent days of unionism in the streets of New York City during the Great Depression to a group of old women who meet at their local café to plan a radical act that will change the world forever, these original and once out-of-print stories capture the various ways people rise up to challenge the status quo and change up the relationships of power. Ideal for any fan of noir, science fiction, and revolution and mayhem, this collection includes works from Sara Paretsky, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Cory Doctorow, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Summer Brenner.

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