About the name
Under the Volcano is named after the novel written by the English writer Malcolm Lowry. First published in 1947 it has often been described as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The story recounts the final day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, British Consul, and chronic alcoholic. Full of symbols and allusions to literature, religion, and mythology, Under the Volcano takes place in Cuernavaca on the Mexican holiday of the day of the dead. According to popular belief, the deceased have divine permission to visit friends and relatives on November 2nd. Relatives decorate grave sites with flowers and candles and bring food, drinks and presents to their ancestors to enjoy. To outsiders, this may seem macabre, but in Mexico, death does not signify an ending but a stage in a constant cycle. The dead are never forgotten because once a year they take their place next to the living and enjoy the fruits and flowers of the earth.