About "Bless Me, Ultima"

A novel by Rudolfo Anaya

eg“Probably the best-known and most-respected contemporary Chicano fiction.”—New York

 

“An important book, one that deserves to be hailed as a classic.” —San Francisco Chronicle


“THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL CHICANO NOVEL EVER WRITTEN . . .

A TIMELESS WORK OF YOUTH AND THE RITES OF PASSAGE.”

—The Nation

TimesStories filled with wonder and the haunting beauty of his culture have helped make Rudolfo Anaya the father of Chicano literature in English, and his tales fairly shimmer with the lyric richness of his prose. Acclaimed in both Spanish and English, Anaya is perhaps best loved for his classic bestseller . . .

 

PRAISE FOR RUDOLFO ANAYA AND BLESS ME, ULTIMA


“One of the best writers in this country.”

—El Paso Times


“This extraordinary storyteller has always written unpretentiously but provocatively about identity. Every work is a fiesta, a ceremony preserving but reshaping old traditions that honor the power within the land and la raza, the people.”

—Los Angeles Times Book Review


“One of the nation’s foremost literary artists.”

—Denver Post


“Rudolfo Anaya is the grand master of Chicano literature’s new wave.”

—New York Daily News


“Anaya puts Chicano literature into the forefront.”

—San Diego Union-Tribune


“Full of sensual dreams, superstitions, unexplained phenomena, and the dark night of Latin American theology.”

—New York Times


“A Chicano masterpiece.”

—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

 

Bless Me, Ultima

Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will test the bonds that tie him to his people, and discover himself in the pagan past, in his father’s wisdom, and in his mother’s Catholicism. And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world—and will nurture the birth of his soul.

“Remarkable . . . a unique American novel . . . a rich and powerful synthesis for some of life’s sharpest oppositions.”

—America

“One of the great works of Chicano literature . . . It doesn’t take very many pages before you realize you’ve encountered a classic . . . Children will be enchanted . . . adults will recognize its depths of meaning, its haunting cultural lyricism. No reader can ask for anything more.”

—The World & I magazine (Washington, D.C.)


“This universal quest for a clarity of corazon, of heart, will touch every reader regardless of cultural background.”

—Boulder Sunday Chronicle


“Simply one of the great works of postwar North American literature, in any genre . . . Bless Me, Ultima is not only fiction at its finest; it’s a breathtaking distillation of the beauty and terror of life itself.”

—In These Times


“A reason to rejoice: the writing is beautiful, the story magical in this never-to-be-forgotten book.”

—Tallahassee Democrat


“The novel has warmth and feeling.”

—Library Journal


“An inspiration to thousands of readers . . . Anaya’s novel vividly evokes the imposing Southwestern landscape that surrounds its hero, as well as the wide-open inner landscape of a boy just learning to understand life.”

—Latino


“An unforgettable novel . . . a classic for its unique story, narrative technique, and structure.”

—Chicano Perspectives in Literature

 

 

 

 

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