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Christ Versus Arizona (Spanish Literature)

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Christ versus Arizona turns on the events in 1881 that surrounded the shootout at the OK Corral, where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys. Set against the backdrop of an Arizona influenced by the Mexican Revolution and the westward expansion of the United States, the story is a bravura performance by the 1989 Nobel Prize-winning author. A monologue by the naive, unreliable, and uneducated Wendell L. Espana, the book weaves together hundreds of characters and a torrent of interconnected anecdotes, some true, some fabricated. Wendell's story is a document of the vast array of ills that welcomed the dawning of the twentieth century, ills that continue to shape our world in the new millennium.

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"'Among the most experimental of Cela's works, this audacious and provocative novel tells the story of the 1881 shootout at the OK Corral from the perspective of Wendell Liverpool Espana, the uneducated, bastard son of a prostitute. Structured as a monologue comprising a single 250-page-plus-long sentence, the book weaves together hundreds of characters, both fictional and real (Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, etc.), to create a vivid and frequently grotesque picture of the American Southwest. Scatological and crude sexual references abound, as do graphic depictions of racism, murder and death, sometimes all at once ('[I]t must be funny — a Negro hanged by the neck with his cock pretty hard, his tongue sticking out, and a flower in his lapel'). Given its harsh imagery and unwieldy narrative structure, the book is not for the faint of heart. Nonetheless, as a significant example of Cela's themes and stylistic inventiveness, scholars and fans will consider it an important addition to the author's English-translated works. (Sept.)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564783417
Author:
Cela, Camilo Jose
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Translator:
Sokolinsky, Martin
Introduction by:
Charlebois, Lucile C.
Introduction:
Charlebois, Lucile C.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Arizona
Subject:
Westerns - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life -- Arizona.
Copyright:
Series:
Spanish Literature
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
249
Dimensions:
8.24x5.56x.85 in. .82 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Among the most experimental of Cela's works, this audacious and provocative novel tells the story of the 1881 shootout at the OK Corral from the perspective of Wendell Liverpool Espana, the uneducated, bastard son of a prostitute. Structured as a monologue comprising a single 250-page-plus-long sentence, the book weaves together hundreds of characters, both fictional and real (Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, etc.), to create a vivid and frequently grotesque picture of the American Southwest. Scatological and crude sexual references abound, as do graphic depictions of racism, murder and death, sometimes all at once ('[I]t must be funny — a Negro hanged by the neck with his cock pretty hard, his tongue sticking out, and a flower in his lapel'). Given its harsh imagery and unwieldy narrative structure, the book is not for the faint of heart. Nonetheless, as a significant example of Cela's themes and stylistic inventiveness, scholars and fans will consider it an important addition to the author's English-translated works. (Sept.)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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