"Alburquerque is a rich and tempestuous book, full of love and compassion, the complex and exciting skullduggery of politics, and the age-old quest for roots, identity, family. . . . There is a marvelous tapestry of interwoven myth and magic that guides Anaya's characters' sensibilities, and is equally important in defining their feel of place. Above all, in this novel is a deep caring for land and culture and for the spiritual well-being of people, environment, landscape."John Nichols, author of The Milagro Beanfield War: A Novel
". . . Alburquerque portrays a quest for knowledge. . . . [It] is a novel about many cultures intersecting at an urban, power-, and politics-filled crossroads, represented by a powerful white businessman, whose mother just happens to be a Jew who has hidden her Jewishness, . . . and a boy from the barrio who fathers a child raised in the barrio but who eventually goes on to a triumphant assertion of his cross-cultural self."World Literature Today
"Alburquerque fulfills two important functions: it restores the missing R to the name of the city, and it shows off Anaya's powers as a novelist."Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio
|Publisher:||University of New Mexico Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Rudolfo Anaya, widely acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Chicano literature, is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. Anaya was presented with the National Medal of Arts for literature in 2001 and his novel Alburquerque (the city's original Spanish spelling) won the PEN Center West Award for Fiction. He has also received the Premio Quinto Sol, the national Chicano literary award, the American Book Award from The Before Columbus Foundation, the Mexican Medal of Friendship from the Mexican Consulate, and the Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement Award. He is best known for the classic Bless Me Ultima.
What People are Saying About This
"A rich and tempestious book....above all, in this novel is a deep caring for the land and culture and for the spiritual well-being of people, environment, landscape....it has the courage to be full of hope."
"A poet of the Llano in the barrio is back and at the top of his form."
"Anaya's fabulous pen takes us hundreds of years into the origins of the Indo-Hispanic literary culture...Mr. Anaya uses Albuquerque as a symbol for the issues that Americans must face in the 21st-century."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A really great book. After reading and enjoying Bless Me, Ultima I decided to read another of Anaya's books, so I chose Alburquerque. The book starts out strong and keeps you wanting to continue reading more. I would gladly recommend.
this was the first book that i was able to read without wanting to put it down, i wanted to keep reading. this book was great because as a Mexican-America, i am able to find lots of similaritites between the things that are happening in the novel and myself..