Cherubs in Hell (Querubines en el infierno)

The harrowing story of Mexicans who fought for the U.S. in World War II.

Cannon fodder: that is what the Mexican migrants who enlisted in the U.S. Army to fight in World War II were, under the promise of citizenship and recognition from a country that had reluctantly adopted them.

Los Angeles, during that ill-fated summer night in 1943 known as the Zoot Suit Riots. U.S. soldiers beat up Mexican youths, raped their women and spread violence in the streets. The police, in response, took the Mexicans prisoner, offering them to join the army to purge their image as gangsters if they accepted.

That night triggered the story of siblings Elsie and Louis Moreno, who became part of the group of those 500,000 Mexican-Americans who fought for the country they believed in, but from which they only received blowback. They were the children of “the invisible army”, the essential ones for the United States to tip the balance in favor of the Allies.

This is the story of these young people who had to live through hell in Italy, Austria, the Philippines and the United States. This is the epic story of Mexicans in World War II.


RELEVANT DATA: Cherubs in Hell (Querubines en el infierno) is a historical novel based on the participation of Mexican soldiers during World War II. The author portrays, based on extensive documentation and an overwhelming story, the drama of the Mexicans who had to fight and die for a country that segregated them and did not consider them legitimate citizens.

Its author, F. G. Haghenbeck, was considered “the genius of the Mexican crime novel”, and one of the youngest authors to cause a revolution in the national literary panorama. He was one of the most important contemporary Mexican authors of the last generations, writing a multitude of international bestsellers translated into some twenty languages.

The author received the National Novel Award Una Vuelta de Tuerca, the Nocte Award for Best Foreign Book, the Gourmand Award in France -for which he became the first Latin American author to receive such distinction-, the Fine Arts Award for Novel José Rubén Romero, the LIG Norma Award, and the Bram Stoker Award for his work El diablo me obligó, adapted into a highly successful series by Netflix as El Diablero.


What the critics have said:

“It is one of those magical books that will sadden you the more you read, knowing that you will never again be able to walk through its pages with the innocence of the first time”. Esquire Spain

“The discovery of the moment. To be read urgently.”  L’Express, (french magazine)


AUDIOVISUAL POTENTIAL: TV Series, Miniseries, Film, TV Movie.


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