Setting the Virgin on Fire

"A major work in the field of Mexican revolutionary and gender studies.  Becker is an indefatigable fieldworker; the array and richness of her archival and oral sources is simply astonishing."
- Gil Joseph, Yale University


"In a style reminiscent of Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo, Becker established a dialogue with the ghosts of Michoacán’s Cardenistas, both living and dead. A veritably poetic look at the painful intimacies of power and knowledge, this book is not a story of heroes and villains, but a sober and empathic treatment of the very real—yet also partial, contradictory and ambivalent—changes brought on by revolution."
- Florencia Mallon, author of Peasant and Nation (California, 1995.)