Mirrors Beneath the Earth: Short Fiction by Chicano Writers

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Mirrors Beneath the Earth is an historic and unique collection of contemporary Chicano fiction: 31 stories depicting the richly varied experiences of Mexican-Americans in the U.S. Some, like Sandra Cisneros, Rudolfo Anaya, Ana Castillo, are already celebrated writers. The special strength of this anthology is that it introduces others who have never before been published in book form, like Ana Baca, Patricia Blanca, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, and Natalia Trevino. These writers open our eyes and enrich our ...
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Overview


Mirrors Beneath the Earth is an historic and unique collection of contemporary Chicano fiction: 31 stories depicting the richly varied experiences of Mexican-Americans in the U.S. Some, like Sandra Cisneros, Rudolfo Anaya, Ana Castillo, are already celebrated writers. The special strength of this anthology is that it introduces others who have never before been published in book form, like Ana Baca, Patricia Blanca, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, and Natalia Trevino. These writers open our eyes and enrich our understanding.
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Editorial Reviews

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...a powerful gathering of diverse and strong images." -- Bookwatch

"...should be required reading in any contemporary literature course." -- Books of the Southwest

"...these writers take Chicano short fiction...into new and stimulating contemporary themes." -- Choice

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a story by editor Gonzalez, Tony Marin, a Chicano trying to write the ``real'' history of Texas, encounters a psychic who has found the spirits of Mexican soldiers trapped in The Alamo. Tony realizes, however, that even a psychic could never change Americans' mythical perceptions of that historic place. Gonzalez ( After Aztlan ) here draws together writers who, unlike Tony and his fellow Texans, understand one another. The common and often humorous theme running through these tales is that things could always be worse. In Benjamin Alire Saenz's story, for example, a 15-year-old Salvadoran refugee says his father told him ``maybe men were born to kill because he'd heard that in the United States people killed each other all the time, and there wasn't even a war on''; the son adds, however, that he hasn't seen any killings since he's been here. Lucha Corpi's piece about a boy found strangled in the bushes is a lyrical gem that could only have been written by someone deeply rooted in a milieu in which crime is all too common. The craft of these 31 writers (from newcomers to well-knowns such as Sandra Cisneros and Rudolfo Anaya) substantiates Gonzalez's claim that short fiction is ``perhaps the strongest genre in Chicano literature today.'' (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880684023
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 331
  • Sales rank: 1,335,253
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
The Death Mask of Pancho Villa 13
Rosario Magdaleno 22
Waltz of the Fatman 28
Saints 38
Tepeyac 52
People of the Dog 55
The Rosary 59
Sometimes You Dance With a Watermelon 67
Insidious Disease 76
The Ghost of John Wayne 83
Days of Invasion 99
Alligator Park 113
The Marijuana Party 140
The Blackbird 157
Subtitles 166
La Luz 176
Of Color and Light 191
Chapter One from The Pink Rosary 194
Agua Bendita Holy Water 220
Esmeralda 226
Fireworks 243
La Puerta 250
Brown Hair 256
Family Thanksgiving 262
Cardinal Red 269
The Man Who Found a Pistol 280
Salvation 288
Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist 293
Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush 301
The Last Rite 312
A Subtle Plague 321
Biographical Notes 327
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