In my novel Los de Abajo, are found the most direct and intensely
alive experiences of the lower class of Mexico. I belong to the mid-
dle class and perhaps due to this fact middle class types have at-
tracted me less. In order to write most of my novels I have been able
to have direct contact with the common people, which revealed
their manners, customs and feelings. I have never succeeded better
with my material than in Los de Abajo, since revolutions have
the characteristic of stripping individuals no matter from what class
[The excerpt Mr. Azuela has chosen shows the day-to-day fighting
between the two factions in the Mexican Revolution. Azuela as a
doctor in 1914 and 1915 accompanied the fighting forces on the side
of the "under dogs" who for four centuries lived a life of servitude.
The novel was published in Mexico and after a few years was sud-
denly translated into many languages and had a world-wide sale.]
ON the day General Natera began his advance against the town of Zacatecas, Demetrio with a hundred men went to meet him at Fresnillo.
The leader received him cordially.
"I know who you are and the sort of men you bring. I heard about the beatings you gave the Federals from Tepic to Durango." Natera shook hands with Demetrio effusively while Luis Cervantes said:
"With men like General Natera and Colonel Demetrio Macias, we'll cover our country with glory."