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Gritos: Essays

Dagoberto Gilb

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ISBN 10: 0802117422 / ISBN 13: 9780802117427
Published by Grove Press, 2003
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Title: Gritos: Essays

Publisher: Grove Press

Publication Date: 2003

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1 Edition.

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From "an important voice in American fiction" (Annie Proulx), a collection of essays that cuts to the heart of the Mexican-American experience

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, Dagoberto Gilb is one of today’s most captivating and provocative fiction writers. Now Gilb offers a collection of essays that brilliantly portrays an artist working to earn respect—and find his place—as a Mexican-American in the literary world and the world at large, to say nothing of his singular and beloved borderland of Texas.

"Gritos" are the exuberant cries in Mexican songs, and Gilb’s essays are charged with the same urgency, sincerity, and musicality. In a controversial piece for Harper’s, he travels to the land of his mother, where Cortes first met Malinche. In "Mi Mommy," published in The New Yorker, he tackles the myths surrounding Mexican woman, and in "Me Macho, You Jane," those surrounding men like himself. In his pieces written for NPR’s "Fresh Air," he engages the reader with scenes as vividly rendered as they are funny, intimate, and sometimes devastating. Like his fiction, Gritos is a riveting glimpse into the heart and mind of a passionate and idiosyncratic thinker.

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As a magnetic short story writer, Gilb, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, becomes his compelling characters. As an arresting essayist, he is unabashedly himself, and his zest for life, passion for illuminating Mexican American culture, and seductive storytelling skills infuse his astute observations, reminiscences, and critiques with compelling energy and momentum. Here are candid and nimble ruminations on growing up pocho, that is, Americanized, in L.A. as a mixed-race son raised by a beautiful, divorced, and much sought after Mexican mother. Here is Gilb working as a carpenter and watching the INS round up his fellow crew members; considering a gig writing for a TV crime series set in El Paso; praising Steinbeck; caring for his family; and watering the lawn outside his rented El Paso house because his convention-bound landlady refuses to acknowledge the absurdity of grass in the desert. It is, in fact, this very blindness to the true nature and significance of the land, people, Spanish legacy, and Mexican spirit of the Southwest that goads Gilb into writing his potent and clarifying essays. Donna Seaman
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