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Tijuana: Stories on the Border Paperback - 1995

by Federico Campbell; Translator-Debra A. Castillo

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University of California Press, 1995-02-08. Paperback. Good.

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  • Title Tijuana: Stories on the Border
  • Author Federico Campbell; Translator-Debra A. Castillo
  • Binding Paperback
  • Condition Good
  • Publisher University of California Press, Ewing, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • Date 1995-02-08
  • Bookseller's Inventory # SONG0520086031
  • ISBN 9780520086036

From the publisher

Tijuana is a haunting collection of stories and a novella, all set in the shadowy borderlands between Mexico and the United States. A fresh and evocative voice, Federico Campbell traces many kinds of borders--geographical, psychological, cultural, spiritual--and the "halfway beings" that inhabit them.

The novella, "Everything About Seals," is both a passionate love story and a deeply disquieting chronicle of romantic obsession. The narrative voices in Campbell's stories are many-sided, moving from the brash teenager whose gang's symbol is the Mobil Oil flying horse to the confused law student who no longer knows whether his cultural allegiance is to Mexico City or to Los Angeles.

Campbell has captured here the ambivalent, fascinating ties between Mexico and the U.S., ties ranging from Hollywood movies to Mexican folklore. The first English-language translation of his work, Tijuana will be welcomed by general readers as well as literary critics, anthropologists, historians, and those interested in the culture of the border.

First line

In an article on the cultural impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Carlos Monsivais suggests that the old definition of Mexican identity-most famously articulated by Octavio Paz in his controversial 1950s best-seller, Labyrinth of Solitude-is based on a binary play of opposites: civilization vs. barbarism, Mexico City vs. the provinces, culture vs. desolation.

About the author

Federico Campbell was born in Tijuana in 1941. Well known in Mexico as a journalist, he received a major award from the Mexican National Council for Arts and Culture in 1990. His book of political chronicles, La invencion del poder (The Invention of Power) has just been published in Spanish. Campbell lives in Mexico City. Debra A. Castillo is Professor of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell University.