Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature share button
Cristina Garcia
Format Paperback
Dimensions 5.25 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.66 (d)
Pages 304
Publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication Date October 2006
ISBN 9781400077182
Book ISBN 10 1400077184
About Book

As the descendants of Mexican immigrants have settled throughout the United States, a great literature has emerged, but its correspondances with the literature of Mexico have gone largely unobserved. In Bordering Fires, the first anthology to combine writing from both sides of the Mexican-U.S. border, Cristina Garc’a presents a richly diverse cross-cultural conversation. Beginning with Mexican masters such as Alfonso Reyes and Juan Rulfo, Garc’a highlights historic voices such as “the godfather of Chicano literature” Rudolfo Anaya, and Gloria Anzaldœa, who made a powerful case for language that reflects bicultural experience. From the fierce evocations of Chicano reality in Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Poem IX to the breathtaking images of identity in Coral Bracho’s poem “Fish of Fleeting Skin,” from the work of Carlos Fuentes to Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo to Octavio Paz, this landmark collection of fiction, essays, and poetry offers an exhilarating new vantage point on our continent–and on the best of contemporary literature.


Library Journal

The timeliness of this work cannot be questioned, since it features essays, fiction, and poetry that reflect the formidable physical and psychological boundary between the United States and Mexico. Editor Garc a (Dreaming in Cuban) contends that the border has shaped artistic expression on both sides; these selections suggest the frustration Latinos face as they ambulate between two cultures. Gloria Anzald a's "How To Tame a Wild Tongue" describes the bilingual acrobatics executed by many Latinos, Rub n Mart nez's "Crossing Over" narrates the travails of the border, and Richard Rodriguez's "India" offers an unflinching view on the issue of miscegenation. Of equal importance, however, is the Mexican literature that preceded contemporary Latino writing. For this reason, Garc a includes selections from distinguished Mexican writers (e.g., Rulfo, Paz, Poniatowska, Monsiv is, Fuentes, and many others) whose work has both reflected and influenced the Mexican psyche. In this sense, the book serves as an important sampling of Mexico's best authors. Although similar to the recent Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion, which helps the traveler understand Mexico, this new work helps Mexico and the United States understand the traveler from and between these two worlds. Recommended for all libraries. Nedra Crowe Evers, Sonoma Cty. Lib., CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal

Adult/High School
This outstanding anthology includes a variety of literary forms (poems, essays, short stories, excerpts from novels) and cuts across time to present both early influences and contemporary pieces. Authors include earlier masters (Alfonso Reyes, Juan Rulfo), contemporary greats (Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes), Chicana/o voices (Sandra Cisneros, Rudolfo Anaya, Ruben Martínez), and new Mexican authors who are becoming internationally known (Carlos Monsiváis, Coral Bracho). Not surprisingly, many of the selections deal with questions of identity and allegiance. Garcia's excellent introduction gives valuable background on the authors and their work.
—Sandy FreundCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.