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Texas: The Great Theft
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An imaginative writer in the tradition of Juan Rulfo, Jorge Luis Borges, and Cesar Aira, Carmen Boullosa shows herself to be at the height of her powers with her latest novel. Loosely based on the little-known 1859 Mexican invasion of the United States, Texas is a richly imagined evocation of the volatile Tex-Mex borderland. Boullosa views border history through distinctly Mexican eyes, and her sympathetic portrayal of each of her wildly diverse characters -- Mexican ranchers and Texas Rangers, Comanches and cowboys, German socialists and runaway slaves, Southern belles and dancehall girls -- makes her storytelling tremendously powerful and absorbing.

Shedding important historical light on current battles over the Mexican-American frontier while telling a gripping story with Boullosa's singular prose and formal innovation, Texas marks the welcome return of a major writer who has previously captivated American audiences and is poised to do so again.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Deep Vellum Publication Date: 02/12/2014 ISBN-13: 9781941920008  Details: Type: Books Format: Books
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Set on the US-Mexico border, in the aftermath of Texas' annexation by the United States and the ensuing war with Mexico, Boullosa's novel marks Deep Vellum out as a publisher to watch. Praised by none other than the mighty Roberto Bolano, Boullosa is one of Mexico's most respected writers and, with a book as rich as this under her belt, it's not difficult to understand why. As the repercussions of a shoot-out reverberate on both sides of the Rio Bravo (or Rio Grande, depending upon the side you're on), we're introduced to a cast list so extensive it rivals Dickens and a novel of such depth and scope that I can't resist comparing it to Tolstoy's work.

Gary, Assistant Head of Fiction

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 18/02/2015

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