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The vast Texas borderland is a place divided, a land of legends and lies, sanctification and sinfulness, history and amnesia, haunted by the ghosts of the oppressed and the forgotten, who still stir beneath the parched fields and shimmering blacktops. It is a realm filled with scorpion eaters and mescal drinkers, cowboys and Indians, Anglos and Chicanos, spirit horses and beat-up pickups, brujos and putas, aching passion and seething rage, apparitions of the Virgin and bodies in the Rio Grande.

In his first collection of short fiction, award-winning poet, editor, and anthologist Ray Gonzalez powerfully evokes both the mystery and the reality of the El Paso border country where he came to manhood.

Here, in a riverbed filled with junked cars and old bones, a young boy is given a dark vision of a fiery future. Under the stones of the Alamo, amid the gift shops and tour buses, the wraiths of fallen soldiers cry out to be remembered. By an ancient burial site at the bottom of a hidden canyon, two lovers come face to face with their own dreams and fears.

In these stories, Ray Gonzalez is a literary alchemist, blending contemporary culture with ancient tradition to give a new voice to the peoples of the border.

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The Ghost of John Wayne, and Other Stories
Ray González.

Published 2001 by University of Arizona Press in Tucson, USA .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

The Scorpion Eater 3
The Black Pig 8
Cabeza de Vaca 14
The Grandfather Horse 17
Spanish 20
The Legend 23
Postcards 26
Circling the Tortilla Dragon 29
The Jalapefio Contest 31
The Properties of Magic 33
The Chinese Restaurant 35
Spaceship 38
In the Ruins 40
How the Brujo Stole the Moon 43
Eduardo 49
Mountain 60
Fishing 70
Train Station 81
The Ghost of John Wayne 86
Away 100
The Apparition 107
Becky 112
Canyon de Kayenta
Invisible Country 139
The Garden of Padre Anselmo
Acknowledgments 169

Edition Notes

Camino del sol


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
PS3557.O476 G48 2001

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0816520658, 0816520666
LC Control Number
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460417 2111245

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