Texas: The Great Theft

Texas: The Great Theft

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Texas: The Great Theft is SBMA Parallel Stories presenter and acclaimed Mexican novelist Carmen Boullosa’s fourth novel to appear in English (translated from the Spanish by Samantha Schnee).

Loosely based on the little-known 1859 Mexican invasion of the United States, it is a richly imagined evocation of the volatile Tex-Mex borderland, wrested from Mexico in 1848. Described by Roberto Bolaño as “Mexico’s greatest woman writer,” Boullosa views the border history through distinctly Mexican eyes, and her 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 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.