Alburquerque

Publication Type:

Publication Year: 
1992
Subject Terms: 

Mexican Americans Fiction.
Ethnic relations Fiction.
Boxers (Sports) Fiction.
Birthparents Fiction.
Young men Fiction.
Birthparents. Boxers (Sports) Ethnic relations.
Mexican Americans.
Young men. Albuquerque (N.M.) Fiction.
New Mexico Albuquerque.
Fiction.
Political fiction.
Love stories.

Bibliography: 
Author: 

Rudolfo A. Anaya

Description: 

"Alburquerque is a rich and tempestuous book, full of love and compassion, the complex and exciting skullduggery of politics, and the age-old quest for roots, identity, family. . . . There is a marvelous tapestry of interwoven myth and magic that guides Anaya's characters' sensibilities, and is equally important in defining their feel of place. Above all, in this novel is a deep caring for land and culture and for the spiritual well-being of people, environment, landscape."--John Nichols, author (The University of New Mexico Press)

Story: 

Chicano novelist Anaya's explosive study of political patronage and the search for ethnic roots takes its title from a New Mexican legend. In 1880, an Anglo stationmaster reportedly took the first R out of Albuquerque's name, a move that symbolized the emasculation of the Mexican way of life. Set in the present, this absorbing novel focuses on a young boxer, fair-skinned Abran Gonzales, who is shattered by the revelation that his parents adopted him. He meets his real Anglo mother, dying of cancer, on her deathbed, then sets out on a quest for his Mexican father--who, the reader quickly learns, is Abran's acquaintance, the writer/professor Ben Chavez. Unscrupulous, rich lawyer Frank Dominic becomes Abran's manager, promising that he will hire a detective to locate Abran's father and reveal his identity to the slugger during the big comeback fight of his career. Dominic, a con artist who wants to turn Albuquerque into a Venice-like tourist trap, complete with casino-lined canals, is running for mayor against Marisa Martinez, an independent maverick. Dominic acquires nude photos of Martinez in compromising positions, which threatens to derail Abran's true romance and the city's future. Anaya (Tortuga) spins a touching love story woven into a tale of treachery, a microcosm of the social and economic dislocations squeezing the American Southwest. --Worldcat.org