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Heart of Aztlan: A Novel

Rudolfo Anaya

The Albuquerque barrio portrayed in this vivid novel of postwar New Mexico is a place where urban and rural, political and religious realities coexist, collide, and combine. The magic realism for which Anaya is well known combines with an emphatic portrayal of the plight of workers dispossessed of their heritage and struggling to survive in an alien culture.


Rudolfo Anaya, widely acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Chicano literature, is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. He is best known for the classic Bless Me, Ultima.


"In Heart of Aztlan a prose writer with the soul of a poet, and a dedication to his calling that only the greatest artists ever sustain, is on an important track, the right one, the only one."


La Confluencia

"A vivid sense of Chicano life since World War II."


World Literature Today

" . . . he vividly depicted life in the barrio, placing a strong emphasis on the struggles that were daily encountered by the people of Barelas. . . . vividly illustrated in a most compelling manner, and yet the simple message of hope in the face of adversity as the novel came to a close was truly inspiring."


Explorations in Sights and Sounds

"Mixed with the Native American legends and Hispanic traditions of this wonderful book are the basic human motivations that touch all cultures. It is a rip-roaring good read."


Cibola County Beacon

6 x 9 in. 216 pages 21 drawings