Signs Preceding the End of the World

Signs Preceding the End of the World

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Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there's no going back. Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA carrying a pair of secret messages -- one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld.
Publisher: New York : And Other Stories Publishing, 2015
ISBN: 9781908276438
1908276436
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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fragola
Apr 10, 2019

Very cool, short and imaginative novel. Unusual and poetic.

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WoodneathLizzie
Feb 04, 2019

Makina, a young woman determined to undertake a dangerous journey to find her brother, is one of the best protagonists I've read recently. She's whip-smart and fearless--just the kind of compelling, grounded character you'll need to draw you through this fever-dream of a novel.

If you like Pablo Neruda's poetry, you'll love Signs Preceding the End of the World. The prose is incredibly lyrical, riddled with unusual metaphors and allusions to Central American mythology. This isn't an easy read; it's very poignant in places, and I found I had to read slowly to fully absorb the meaning in Yuri Herrera's words. But if you're up for something that will make you think, Signs is definitely the short novel for you.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 08, 2018

According to Francisco Goldman, Yuri Herrera is "Mexico's greatest novelist." See for yourself. Part of a list put out by Powell's for Hispanic Heritage Month.

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EmilyEm
Oct 09, 2018

This is a lyrical quest story of a young Mexcan woman’s search for her brother who has gone to the United States. Told in short chapters that chronicle aspects of her search, it has many of the magical realism elements I expect from Mexican writers. Chose and read this month because it’s Hispanic Heritage Month—haunting, beautiful, cautionary.

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DylanMcGonigle
Aug 26, 2018

Beautiful, exhilarating, delicate and lovely. Yuri Herrera's little novel lands somewhere between myth, prose poem and devastating excavation of our times. Lisa Dillman's translation is en pointe—she captures the sparse lyricality of one of Mexico's most important writers. A must read!

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uncommonreader
Jun 17, 2017

A story of borders and migration, raised to the level of myth. The translator explains decisions made about the use of special terms but nevertheless, I found the use of words such as "versing" for leaving jarring.

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mclarjh
Jul 02, 2015

Powerful hard hitting story.

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