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A Vintage Contemporaries Original, June 2011 www.vintagebooks.com Jesse Ball $15.00; 198 pp.; ISBN 978-0-307-73985-8 I’D JUST CONSUMED Murakami’s 1Q84 – originally a three-volume publication in its native Japanese – as though it were one. What was presumably a then-necessary penchant for recapping became, to me, in English translation, a sleepy, no-poetry miasma of redundancy. Was […]

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Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature

Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature

I READ BORDERING FIRES: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature from cover to cover on an Amtrak train-ride from Boston to New York. Bordering Fires, edited and with an introduction by Cristina García, is a compilation of some of the most interesting and influential works by Mexican, Mexican-American, and Chicano/a writers of both past and present. When one thinks of a literary anthology the words “easy reading” do not always spring to mind, however, the rare humor, diversity and magical nature of the writing in Bordering Fires made reading on — page after page — not an option but a delicious necessity.

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