Texas the Great Theft

Loosely based on the little-known 1859 Mexican invasion to the United States, known as the Cortina Troubles, Carmen Boullosa’s newest novel Texas is a richly imagined evocation of the volatile Tex-Mex borderland, wrested from Mexico in 1848. 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 the Mexican-American border such a front-burner concern today, this novel that brilliantly illuminates its historical landscape is especially welcome. Texas is Boullosa’s fourth novel to appear in English.

 

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Prize: Typographical Era Translation Award Winner, 2014

Longlisted for the PEN Translation Prize, 2014.