Gambusinoby Carlos Montemayor, John Copeland (Translator)
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Alfredo Montenegro is a gambusino, or scavenger of mines. Following the pull-out of American mining interest in Mexico in the late 1920s, he roams the hills, sking out a bare existence by hauling promising samples into town and hoping to make deals with current land owners.
Prospecting requires a grubstake, and from time to time Montenegro takes a steady job as a trucker or supervisor for a small Mexican mining company. The problems of his lifestyle are reflected in a growing estrangement from his wire, Irene, and by a break with his foster father, the past Ramizrez. Alfredo is tortured by his inability to find a major deposit and is resentful of the fact that Irene is attracted to his CPA son-in-law, who doesn't take risks.
Eventually his obsession reaches the point where no professional miner will go out with him, and he has to settle for a famer to assist him. It is then that he makes his big strike.
- Plover Press
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- Plover Contemporary Latin-American Classics in English Translation Ser.
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- 5.22(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.38(d)
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