The Man Who Could Fly (Magill's Literary Annual 2007)
The stories in this collection by Rudolfo Anaya represent his short fiction over the span of his writing career. The themes, symbols, and images in these stories characterize his larger body of work. They depict, as do his novels, the landscape, culture, and values of the people of the southwestern United States, and these stories contribute to the significant position Anaya has secured in American literature, especially in the literature of writers describing the influence of a specific culture and heritage.
In the preface to his stories, Anaya asserts that he thinks and experiences events in terms of stories. He apprehends images that present themselves as landscapes, dreams, smells, or characters. He explains that stories are about people and the things they do, but that images express the heart of the stories.
As a Chicano writer nurtured in the diverse cultural environment of New Mexico, Anaya draws on the heritage of three groups: the Mexicans, whose spirits are shaped both by the indigenous people of Mexico and the Spaniards, the indigenous native people of the Southwest, and the Anglos. Most of Anaya’s stories refer to these cultures. The exceptions share with the other stories their descriptions of longing and loneliness, two themes generally associated with the isolated landscape of the desert. Most of the stories develop...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2007)
Booklist 102, no. 14 (March 15, 2006): 26.
Library Journal 131, no. 9 (May 15, 2006): 94.
Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2006, p. E6.
Publishers Weekly 253, no. 5 (January 30, 2006): 41-42.
World Literature Today 79 (September-December, 2005): 88.
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