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Albuquerque, NM 1992 Hard Cover First Edition, 3rd Printing New in New jacket BRAND NEW COPY w/trace push to upper back corner tip. Novel. Chicano. A biography of Alburquerque ... structure around the story of ex-boxer Abr?n Gonz?lez's search for his biological father in the mean streets of 1992 Alburquerque. But life is complex, and his adventure is populated with characters, some of whom resurface in Rudolfo Anaya's (1937-) later novels. An exploration of an ethnically and culturally diverse world beset with conflicts of past heritage pitted against rapid economic growth propelled real estate developers and politicians. The novel won the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction. Read more Show Less

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Chicano novelist Anaya's explosive study of political patronage and the search for ethnic roots takes its title from a New Mexican legend. In 1880, an Anglo stationmaster reportedly took the first R out of Albuquerque's name, a move that symbolized the emasculation of the Mexican way of life. Set in the present, this absorbing novel focuses on a young boxer, fair-skinned Abran Gonzales, who is shattered by the revelation that his parents adopted him. He meets his real Anglo mother, dying of cancer, on her deathbed, then sets out on a quest for his Mexican father--who, the reader quickly learns, is Abran's acquaintance, the writer/professor Ben Chavez. Unscrupulous, rich lawyer Frank Dominic becomes Abran's manager, promising that he will hire a detective to locate Abran's father and reveal his identity to the slugger during the big comeback fight of his career. Dominic, a con artist who wants to turn Albuquerque into a Venice-like tourist trap, complete with casino-lined canals, is running for mayor against Marisa Martinez, an independent maverick. Dominic acquires nude photos of Martinez in compromising positions, which threatens to derail Abran's true romance and the city's future. Anaya ( Tortuga ) spins a touching love story woven into a tale of treachery, a microcosm of the social and economic dislocations squeezing the American Southwest. (Aug.)
Library Journal
In his fifth novel, the best-selling author of Bless Me, Ultima ( LJ 2/1/73) sets an archetypal quest for the father in the city of ``Alburquerque'' (according to Anaya, the legendary spelling of the name), in which various characters vie for political power. Abran Gonzalez, a former Golden Gloves champion unaware that he was adopted, learns this secret from his biological mother on the night she dies. The revelation triggers a search for his father's identity that involves New Mexican politicos, a Rocky -like boxing match, and a man who believes his ancestors were bears. Other main characters also have murky ancestry; one Italian American even tries to prove that he was descended from the Duke of Albu(r)querque. At times melodramatic, the work has an intense spirituality that ultimately makes it mesmerizing. Highly recommended.-- Harold Augenbraum, Mer cantile Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826313591
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Farm Families Organize Their Work, 1900-1940 13
2 Groundwater in Twentieth-Century New Mexico 29
3 Copper Mining in Grant County, 1900-1945 43
4 New Deal at Zuni: Livestock Reduction and the Range Management Program 63
5 Ranch Culture in the Twentieth Century 87
6 From Western Frontier to the Space Frontier: The Military in New Mexico, 1900-1940 99
7 A Mighty Fortress Is the Pen: Development of the New Mexico Penitentiary 119
8 Urban Imperialism in the Modern West: Farmington, New Mexico, vs. Durango, Colorado, 1945-65 133
9 Organized Labor: Race, Radicalism, and Gender 149
10 Coughing and Spitting and New Mexico History 169
11 Health Care Across Cultures: Public Health Nurses in Hispanic and Native American Communities 181
12 New Mexico Tourist Images 199
13 Casualties of Caution and Fear: Life in Santa Fe's Japanese Internment Camp, 1942-46 213
Notes on Sources 241
Contributors 249
Index 253
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2001

    LIVE the Southwest!!!!

    This book is a must-read for anyone who enjoys good literature, and especially those who know the Southwest. As a 'semi-native' who lived in Albu(r)querque in the 80's, I was transplanted back in full color, glory and prose by the characters and settings in Rudy Anaya's book. From the lunch at the Frontier Restaurant, to the feel of the Plaza Downtown, to the simplicity of the Pueblo. Thank You , Rudy, for letting me relive my best memories from the Land of Enchantment!

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