Texas: The Great Theft
Loosely based on the little-known 1859 Mexican invasion of the United States, Carmen Boullosa’s newest novel Texas: The Great Theft is a richly imagined evocation of the volatile Tex-Mex borderland, wrested from Mexico in 1848. Boullosa views the border history through distinctly Mexican eyes, and her sympathetic portrayal each of her wildly diverse characters-Mexican ranchers and Texas Rangers, Comanches and cowboys, German socialists and runaway slaves, Southern belles and dance hall girls-makes her storytelling tremendously powerful and absorbing. With today’s Mexican-American frontier such a front-burner concern, this novel that brilliantly illuminates its historical landscape is especially welcome.
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Work translated into English. The author received the following prizes: Xavier Villaurrutia (1989), LiBeraturpreis (1996), Anna Seghers-Preis (1997), a novel Cafe Gijon (2009). She has received the following scholarships: Guggenheim (1991), Künstlerprogramm DAAD, Berlin (1995), and the Center for academic writers at the New York Public Library (2001).