Editorial Masas catalog - 8 titles
 
Cantos para Soldados y Sones para Turistas, Nicolás Guillén, Editorial Masas, 1937 (76 pages)
 
“Lazaro Cardenas - Visto por tres Hombres”,
Joseph Freeman, Luis Chavez Orozco, Enrique Gutmann
Editorial Masas, 1937 (30 pages)
 
Contra Andre Gide,
Romain Rolland, Lion Feuchtwanger, Jose Mancisidor, Egon Erwin Kisch
Editorial Masas, 1937 (19 pages)
 
El ABC de las Huelgas, Mario Pavón Flores, Editorial Masas, 1937 (196 pages)
 
No Pasarán, Upton Sinclair, Various publishers including Editorial Masas, 1937 (144 pages)
 
Nuestro petróleo, Enrique Gonzalez Aparicio, Editorial Masas, 1938
 
"Hombres Sin Mujer," Carlos Montenegro, Editorial Masas, 1938, (242 pages)
 
Sobre la Literatura y el arte de Marx y Engels, ed by Jean Fréville, trans by Pedro Geoffroy Rivas, Editorial Masas 1938
 

 

Nicolás Guillén 1902-1989. Famous Cuban poet, first book published 1930, jailed in cuba for activism 1936, joined communist party in 1937, ran for office as communist 1940, exiled from cuba 1953, returned after Castro victory. National poet of cuba.

Prologue by Juan Marinello. 1898-1977. Friend and political colleague of Guillen. Cuban poet.

Illustrations and jacket by Jose Chavez Morado. 1909-2002. Famous Mexican artist. Member of LEAR. Member of the mexican communist party. Named chief of the fine arts section of the department of fine arts of the Secretaria de Educacion Publica in 1935. Professor of lithography at Escuela de Artes del Libro. Traveled to spain in 1937 to support spanish republic.

Jose Chavez Morado married German national Olga Costa, famous Mexican artist, daughter of Russian emigre Jacob Kostakowsky.

Jakob Kostakowsky 1893-1953. Musician. Violinist. Conductor. Russian born, German emigre to mexico in 1925.LEAR.

Lia Kostakowsky - Lya - daughter of Jakob, sister of Olga, wife of Luis Cardoza y Aragon - Unauthorized Traven translator for Editorial Cima, called out in introduction of "Puente en la Selva" 1941.

Luis Cardoza y Aragon - 1901-1992. Guatemalan writer, poet, diplomat. Spent much of his life in exile in mexico. LEAR.

https://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobo_Kostakowsky

 

 

“Lazaro Cardenas - Visto por tres Hombres”,
Joseph Freeman, Luis Chavez Orozco, Enrique Gutmann
Editorial Masas, 1937 (30 pages)
In 1937 Heinrich (Enrique) Gutmann founded the publisher, “Editorial Masas”. Early that year Gutmann went with Lazaro Cardenas as photo-journalist on one of his travels through the country in support of agrarian reform. Cardenas granted Gutmann and Joseph Freeman an interview in Acapulco (Traven’s hometown at that time) on his domestic program and support for the Spanish Republic. Gutmann published this under the title “Lazaro Cardenas - The Country Teacher of Mexico.” A few months later Gutmann expanded this and published it under his new Editorial Masas banner as “Lazaro Cardenas - Visto por tres hombres” (”Cardenas - as seen by three men”) a portrait of Cardenas with his own photos and written contributions by Joseph Freeman (New Masses editor) and Luis Chavez Orozco (author, educator, diplomat, undersecretary Education ministry).

 

Contra Andre Gide,
Romain Rolland, Lion Feuchtwanger, Jose Mancisidor, Egon Erwin Kisch
Editorial Masas, 1937 (19 pages)

Pohle, Das Mexikanische Exil, 1986, p. 85

" ... booklet contains a contribution by the Mexican writer Jose Mancisidor and translations of statements by Romain Rolland, Lion Feuchtwanger and Egon Erwin Kisch on Andre Gide's Retour de I'URSS, the critical travelogue with which the French writer distanced himself from Stalin's Soviet Union.

Poniatowska, La Mirada que Limpia, 1996, p. 36

Gabriel Figueroa - Esperanza Lopez Mateos "had translated Romain Rolland and Sigmund Freud for Espasa Calpe of Argentina"

 

Mario Pavon Flores 1909-1999. Writer, leftist, director of Libraries at Ministry of Public Education. LEAR. Mexican communist party. Essayist.

 

No Pasarán, Upton Sinclair, Various publishers including Editorial Masas, 1937 (144 pages)
a novel about the Spanish Civil War. There are many simulataneous editions world wide. It was not an exclusive title of Editorial Masas. I am not positive this image is the Editorial Masas edition.

 

Nuestro petróleo, Enrique Gonzalez Aparicio, Editorial Masas, 1938 (49 pages)
Enrique Gonzalez Aparicio, 1890-1940, was an educator, economist, lawyer, government official, bank director. Gutmann seems to have involved himself with the 1938 Oil expropriation as there is a reference he sent telegrams to Cardenas to try to gain a meeting.

 

"Hombres Sin Mujer," Carlos Montenegro, Editorial Masas, 1938, (242 pages)

This book has been re-printed. Its a controversial subject. There are several blogs and studies of this novel on-line. The author was imprisoned in cuba for several years. This a novel, not a diary.

The printer is Talleres Graficos de la Nacion.
If anybody wants verification that Editorial Masas was a bold publisher, this manuscript confirms that. One review says the book is a condemnation of the prison system. The author in 1938 wrote a non-ironic salute to the USSR.

 

"Hombres Sin Mujer," by Carlos Montenegro, 1938, using the Donceles address, contains the foreword-

a Emma Perez, hallada - para siempre - en mi octavo ano de prision:
a Mongo Miyar, que ha hecho posible con su amistad y ayuda la creacion de este libro:
a mis ex-companeros, buenos o malos, mejor, salvados o perdidos, especialmente a aquellos que me han prestado sus vidas e incluso sus nombres, para realizar Hombres sin Mujer:

v. finalmente, a la URSS, que ha aplastada con puno bolchevique el tradicional regimen penitenciario
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to Emma Perez, found - forever - in my eighth year of imprisonment:
Mongo Miyar, who has made possible with his friendship and help the creation of this book:
to my ex-companions, good or bad, better, saved or lost, especially those who have given me their lives and even their names, to make Men Without Women:

v. finally, to the USSR, which has crushed the traditional penitentiary regime with Bolshevik fist

Link to bookseller images

 

Sobre la Literatura y el arte de Marx y Engels, ed by Jean Fréville, trans by Pedro Geoffroy Rivas, Editorial Masas 1938

not common, i see multiple references to it, but no direct reference.

Sebastian Rivera Mir

Los primeros años de Ediciones Frente Cultural. De la teoría revolucionaria al éxito de ventas (1934-1939)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0185262016000037