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Book Title: Zia Summer|
The author of the book: Rudolfo Anaya
ISBN 13: 9780446603164
Format files: PDF
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Edition: Grand Central Publishing
Date of issue: October 1st 1996
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The place is Albuquerque. The time is now. The man is Sonny Baca, a small-time private eye with big-time dreams. A great-grandson of the fabled lawman Elfego Baca, Sonny always carries his forebear's Colt .45, but wonders if he also carries el Bisabuelo's courage. While the elder Baca gained fame by ridding Old New Mexico of dangerous desperadoes, Sonny ekes out a living investigating tacky divorces and dubious insurance claims ... until Gloria Dominic is found murdered in the most sensational fashion. Sonny is suddenly on the case with a vengeance. But then Gloria was his cousin, his beloved prima, and he has made a vow to her mother - and to himself - to find the killer. Neither flawless beauty nor marriage to a hot-shot politician had protected his cousin from a ghastly end. Her body had been drained of its blood, and around her novel an arcane insignia had been etched: the Zia sun symbol. "This was no bungled break-in, " says forensics. "She knew her murderers." And Sonny knows that the sign of the sun is the work of brujas, of evil witches. He senses a mysterious connection between the past and present. The Aztecs, he reasons, used blood to feed the sun. Is Gloria's stolen blood likewise a gift to the sun? Could her bodily disfigurement be linked to the cases of cattle mutilation plaguing the area? Aided by his loyal girlfriend, Rita, and spurred on by the susto, the spirit, of Gloria, Sonny's search for truth leads him straight into Albuquerque's treacherous political arena - and a passionate environmental battle over nuclear waste transport and disposal.
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Read information about the authorRudolfo Anaya lives and breathes the landscape of the Southwest. It is a powerful force, full of magic and myth, integral to his writings. Anaya, however, is a native Hispanic fascinated by cultural crossings unique to the Southwest, a combination of oldSpain and New Spain, of Mexico with Mesoamerica and the anglicizing forces of the twentieth century. Rudolfo Anaya is widely acclaimed as the founder of modern Chicano literature. According to the New York Times, he is the most widely read author in Hispanic communities, and sales of his classic Bless Me, Ultima (1972) have surpassed 360,000, despite the fact that none of his books have been published originally by New York publishing houses. His works are standard texts in Chicano studies and literature courses around the world, and he has done more than perhaps any other single person to promote publication of books by Hispanic authors in this country. With the publication of his novel, Albuquerque (1992),Newsweek has proclaimed him a front-runner in "what is better called not the new multicultural writing, but the new American writing." His most recent volume, published in 1995, is Zia Summer.
"I've always used the technique of the cuento. I am an oral storyteller, but now I do it on the printed page. I think if we were very wise we would use that same tradition in video cassettes, in movies, and on radio."
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