Signs Preceding the End of the World

Signs Preceding the End of the World

eBook - 2015
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"Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there's no going back. Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the US carrying a pair of secret messages -- one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: London ;, New York :, & Other Stories,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781908276438
1908276436
Characteristics: 1 online resource (114 pages)
Contents: The earth
The water crossing
The place where the hills meet
The obsidian mound
The place where the wind cuts like a knife
The place where flags wave
The place where people's hearts are eaten
The snake that lies in wait
The obsidian place with no holes or windows for the smoke.
Summary: "Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there's no going back. Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the US carrying a pair of secret messages -- one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld"--Provided by publisher.

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uncommonreader
Jun 17, 2017

A story of borders and migration, raised to the level of myth. The translator explains decisions made about the use of special terms but nevertheless, I found the use of words such as "versing" for leaving jarring.

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mclarjh
Jul 02, 2015

Powerful hard hitting story.

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