Legendary go back and forth author Paul Theroux drives all the duration of the USA–Mexico border, then is going deep into the hinterland, at the again roads of Chiapas and Oaxaca, to discover the wealthy, layered international at the back of nowadays’s brutal headlines.

Paul Theroux has spent his lifestyles crisscrossing the globe looking for the histories and peoples that supply lifestyles to the puts they name house. Now, as immigration debates boil all over the world, Theroux has got down to discover a rustic key to working out our present discourse: Mexico. Simply south of the Arizona border, within the wilderness area of Sonora, he reveals a spot brimming with energy, but visibly marked via each the USA Border Patrol looming to the north and mounting discord from inside of. With the similar humanizing sensibility he hired in Deep South, Theroux stops to speak with citizens, visits Zapotec mill staff within the highlands, and attends a Zapatista birthday party assembly, communing with other folks of all stripes who stay south of the border at the same time as their households courageous the adventure north.

From the author praised for his “interest and affection for humanity in all its paperwork” (New York Instances E-book Review), On the Simple of Snakes is an exploration of a area in warfare.