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La Ultima Tortilla: Cuentos

Sergio Troncoso

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Tres cuentos sobre la frontera por Sergio Troncoso, que es hijo de inmigrantes mexicanos. Sus antepasados son de Chihuahua, pero a él le tocó nacer y crecer en Ysleta, Texas, a unos cuantos metros de la frontera con Ciudad Juárez. Es autór de varios libros, incluyendo The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, que ganó el Premio Aztlán como el mejor libro escrito por un nuevo escritor chicano.

En “Angie Luna,” un joven chicano se regresa a El Paso, Texas durante un verano, y se enamora de una mexicana. Esta aventura inesperada causa que Victor se pregunte a donde pertenece, en los Estados Unidos o en México.

¿Que pasa cuando la familia Márquez pierde su mamá? El niño Juanito la encuentra en la noche en sus sueños, pero en el día la nueva madrastra está en la casa. Su hermana Alejandra está entre quedarse para cuidar a Juanito y irse por su propio lado. ¿Quien sabe el secreto de la muerte de la mamá ausente en “La Última Tortilla”?

En Nueva York, un hombre está amarado en su departamento, víctima de un robo y asalto en curso. No puede escaparse Carlos, y lo único que puede hacer es pensar de Sofia, y los errores que hizo para destruir este amor. ¿Lo salvará “Recordando Posibilidades”?

Troncoso es autór también de Crossing Borders: Personal Essays y las novelas The Nature of Truth y From This Wicked Patch of Dust, que fue nombrado unos de los mejores libros de 2012 por Kirkus Reviews. En México, su trabajo está incluido en Tierra Adentro: Cuentario (Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes) y en Nuestra Aparente Rendición: Antología (Random House Mondadori).  Se graduó de Harvard y Yale y ganó una beca Fulbright para estudiar en México. Actualmente vive en Nueva York, y enseña en el Centro de Escritores del Valle de Hudson y en la Conferencia de Escritores de Yale. Su sitio de web es www.SergioTroncoso.com.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jun 28, 1999 – "Okay, so I wasn't going to be a great poet or a legendary writer. I wouldn't lead revolutions, and I wouldn't compose extraordinary music. I was only a guy who had just found the world as it was, after throwing out thousands of years of dreams and nightmares to secure my fragile existence," confides the narrator in the final story of this earthy collection. He could speak for all the characters in these 12 stories of Mexican-American life just north of the border. Typical themes of love, death, coming-of-age and family life drive the narratives, but the El Paso setting lends them cultural depth. In "Punching Chickens," a teenage boy's first job is unloading chickens from trucks. At the end of the day he is bloodied and fatigued, but he is rewarded with the respect and camaraderie of his fellow workers, and the conviction that he will not quit or complain. A series of tales about older men and women explores their vulnerability, loneliness and faith in God as they near death, while other stories concentrate on young adults caught in the cultural gap between their Mexican heritage and American lives. The title story brings these themes together as a lonely widower remarries a woman his children despise. The grown children hold on to Mexican traditions as much as possible, but speak a mix of English and Spanish, while the youngest, 11-year-old Juanito, is confused by the actions of adults, including his stepmother's rationing of tortillas. The prose may be plain and unadorned, but these stories are richly satisfying.

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Cuentos de la frontera

Estos cuentos ayudan a entender el mundo de la frontera. Excellentes y maravillosos.

La Ultima Tortilla: Cuentos
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  • Level: Grades 13 and Above
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  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: Jan 29, 2012
  • Publisher: Www.SergioTroncoso.com
  • Seller: Sergio Troncoso
  • Print Length: 76 Pages
  • Language: Spanish
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