What the Mexican novelist can teach us about the nativist fantasies of Donald Trump. Carmen Boullosa’s Texas: The Great Theft is a surprisingly funny, intensely complex and occasionally shocking take on the revisionist Western. It’s one of the . Texas: The Great Theft (Deep Vellum). Please welcome to Skylight Books the author Roberto Bolaño calls “Mexico’s best woman writer” Carmen Boullosa!.

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Fiction review: ‘Texas: The Great Theft,’ by Carmen Boullosa

The fantastic is left to expose the wounds left untreated in the wake of territorial aggression and racial violence. Don Nepomuceno, based on Mexican rancher and folk hero Juan Cortina, is in Bruneville’s town square when Sheriff Shears says to boillosa, “Shut up, you dirty greaser.

By the time of the novel, with Texas a part of the United States, the American citizens living in Bruneville Brownville today are distinguished by their avarice, racism, casual violence, and devotion to slavery.

Each individual has both an assigned trade–butcher, vaquero, innkeeper–and a political role they choose or find thrust upon them. Her work has been praised by a number of prominent writers, including Carlos Fuentes, Alma Guillermoprieto and Elena Poniatowska, as well as publications such as Publishers Weekly. Loosely based on the little-known Mexican invasion of the U “Mexico’s greatest woman writer.

A very interesting perspective from the Mexican point of view. Oct 22, Michelle Lancaster rated it really liked it Shelves: I liked the book well enough to try another Boullosa book.


Boullosa is brutal in her portrayal of gringo attitudes about the characters and capabilities of Mexicans, blacks and American Indians. A totally different sort of reading experience. Make boulosa your cross and I will speak the Word to all.

Texas: The Great Theft

Writing Cuba from Within: Boullosa views border history through distinctly Mexican eyes, and caremn sympathetic portrayal of each of her wildly diverse characters—Mexican ranchers and Texas Rangers, Comanches and cowboys, German socialists and runaway slaves, Southern belles and dancehall girls—makes her storytelling tremendously powerful and absorbing. Boullosa terms it “the Great Theft. Megha rated it liked it Dec 31, May The May issue carken WLT showcases Bangladeshi literature with poetry, short fictions, and an interview featuring Tahmima Anam and three other writers.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Dec 20, jeremy rated it really liked it Shelves: Books by Carmen Boullosa. Rarely have I discovered an author with greater grasp on her characters. Shedding important historical light on current battles over the Mexican—American frontier while telling a gripping story with Boullosa’s singular prose and formal innovation, Texas marks the welcome return of a major writer who has previously captivated American audiences and is poised to do so again.

He lives in McAllen. The text for Americans can be eye opening, illuminating how Texas was taken, rather than given by Manifest Destiny.

Do not make the mistake of thinking this is all fun and games. More Talent Than Success: Her fictionalization involves texss historical facts, some slight name changes, and a large cast of minor characters who provide a kaleidoscopic view of the events.


We learn about incest and abuse, about cowardice and violence, dreams of escape and dreams of power. September 4, in Mexico City, Mexico is a leading Mexican poet, novelist and playwright.

This book is to be savored, not gulped. Big’s Hotel to take a piss and get some fresh air. Two Poems by Anne Marie Macari by. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Texass by Carmen Boullosa. When the local sheriff, a predictable lowlife character, pistol whips an elderly Mexican for public drunkenness, the scion of a distinguished Mexican family intervenes.

Bookslut | Texas: The Great Theft by Carmen Boullosa, translated by Samantha Schnee

Eric Anderson rated it really liked it Jan 07, Nov 09, Grant rated it it was amazing. In Texas, Boullosa commands a vast expanse of characters who draw along one storyline. Provides a much needed Mexican perspective of Texas history.

Want to Read saving…. Rigid, they extend through the muddy earth, thinking always of the Eagles [Bruneville vigilante militia] because the Eagles are always going on about how, ‘it’s bboullosa important to defend our roots,’ etc. Mexicans, Texans, Native Americans, socialist Germans, escaped slaves, a commune of a dozen Amazons yes, you read that correctlyCubans, Russians, Irishmen, ghosts, espionage agents, agents provocateurs, mystics and one philosopher-baker.