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Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father

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Publisher Comments:

An award–winning writer delivers a major reckoning with religion, place, and sexuality in the aftermath of 9/11

Hailed in The Washington Post as “one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in America,” Richard Rodriguez now considers religious violence worldwide, growing public atheism in the West, and his own mortality.

Rodriguezs stylish new memoir—the first book in a decade from the Pulitzer Prize finalist—moves from Jerusalem to Silicon Valley, from Moses to Liberace, from Lance Armstrong to Mother Teresa. Rodriguez is a homosexual who writes with love of the religions of the desert that exclude him. He is a passionate, unorthodox Christian who is always mindful of his relationship to Judaism and Islam because of a shared belief in the God who revealed himself within an ecology of emptiness. And at the center of this book is a consideration of women—their importance to Rodriguezs spiritual formation and their centrality to the future of the desert religions.

Only a mind as elastic and refined as Rodriguezs could bind these threads together into this wonderfully complex tapestry.

Synopsis:

Rodriguez's acclaimed first book, Hunger of Memory raised a fierce controversy with its views on bilingualism and alternative action. Now, in a series of intelligent and candid essays, Rodriguez ranges over five centuries to consider the moral and spiritual landscapes of Mexico and the US and their impact on his soul.

About the Author

"The best American essayist."

Village Voice

Richard Rodriguez works as an editor at the Pacific News Service in San Francisco and is a contributing editor for Harper's magazine and the Sunday "Opinion" section of the Los Angeles Times. He appears regularly as an essayist on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.

Table of Contents

Days of Obligation Introduction: My Parent's Village

Chapter One: India

Chapter Two: Late Victorians

Chapter Three: Mexico's Children

Chapter Four: In Athens Once

Chapter Five: The Missions

Chapter Six: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta

Chapter Seven: Sand

Chapter Eight: Asians

Chapter Nine: The Latin American Novel

Chapter Ten: Nothing Lasts a Hundred Years

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140096224
Author:
Rodriguez, Richard
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Mexican americans
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Marriage and family
Subject:
Mexico Civilization 20th century.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Hispanic American Studies
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Mexican Americans -- California.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Hispanic American
Subject:
Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
2406
Publication Date:
19931131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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