A Voice of My Own

A Voice of My Own

Essays and Stories

eBook - 2011
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Raised on the bank of the Río Grande in South Texas, acclaimed author Rolando Hinojosa attended Mexican and American schools as a child and has lived in both cultures throughout his life. His schooling contributed to an awareness of differences and similarities in those around him, and led to his search for “a personal voice, which was to become my public voice.”

Author of the acclaimed Klail City Death Trip series of novels, which examines relations between Mexican Americans and Anglo Americans in the fictional Rio Grande Valley town of Klail City, Texas, Hinojosa muses on various aspects of writing in these 14 essays.

Four of Hinojosa's short stories are included in this volume, and as is typical of Hinojosa's life and work, some of the pieces are in English and others are in Spanish. But it is clear that his early life on the Texas-Mexico border was a driving force in his development as a man and a writer.

With an introduction by UCLA scholar Héctor Calderón, this collection written between 1982-2009 is required reading for anyone interested in Hinojosa's work and issues of assimilation, acculturation, border life and discrimination.

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Hinojosa (creative writing, U. of Texas-Austin) is author of the 15-volume Klail City Death Trip series of novels. In this collection of 15 essays and four stories written between 1982 and 2009, he reflects on his bicultural experiences growing up on the Texas-Mexico border, memories of his family, and issues of assimilation and discrimination. He also discusses his decisions on whether to write in English or Spanish, dealing with writer's block, and the development of Chicano literature. Four of the essays and two of the stories are in Spanish. There is no subject index. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Houston, Texas : Arte Pâublico Press, [2011]
ISBN: 9781611924275
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Calderâon, Hâector


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