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Crossing Cultures- Cruzando culturas

Hispanic Authors and the Challenges They Overcame in the United States- Autores hispanos y sus desafíos superados en los Estados Unidos

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Edited By Rhina Toruño-Haensly

Crossing Cultures/Cruzando culturas focuses on the creation of literary works and how these works reflect the life experiences of the authors. The purpose of this book is to inspire young Mexican-American, Hispanic, and Latino people by demonstrating that education is the key to life through the example of authors who have become successful in spite of their modest beginnings. Their love for education and their drive to improve themselves has turned them into nationally and internationally known authors recognized by major publishing companies. Their books in English have been translated quickly into other languages. The interviews reveal not only the authors’ origins but also how they were able to overcome difficulties and challenges in their lives. The interviewed novelists include Mario Bencastro, Aristeo Brito, Rolando J. Díaz, Graciela Limón, and Demetria Martínez. Interviews conducted in English with Mexican-American writers are included in their original English version along with a proper Spanish translation. This book comprises a valuable resource for university students who are pursuing a degree in Spanish, Chicano studies, and ethnic studies that facilitates understanding the various dynamics of the Hispanic experience through literature.
Crossing Cultures/Cruzando culturas se enfoca en la creación de obras literarias y como estas obras reflejan las experiencias de los autores. El propósito de este libro es inspirar a los jóvenes México-Americanos, Hispanos y Latinos al demostrar que la educación es la llave que les abre las puertas del triunfo en la vida. El ejemplo de los autores que han sido exitosos a pesar de sus raíces humildes les estimulará a salir adelante. El amor por la educación de estos escritores y su motivación para mejorarse los ha convertido en autores reconocidos nacionalmente e internacionalmente por las editoriales más reconocidas del mundo entero. Sus libros en inglés han sido traducidos a otras lenguas rápidamente. Las entrevistas revelan no solamente los orígenes de los escritores pero como lograron vencer las dificultades y desafíos en su vida. Los novelistas entrevistados incluyen a Mario Bencastro, Aristeo Brito, Rolando J. Díaz, Graciela Limón y Demetria Martínez. Las entrevistas realizadas en inglés con los escritores México-Americanos están incluidas en su forma original en inglés acompañadas por una traducción al español. Este libro comprende un recurso valioso para los investigadores universitarios que buscan especializarse en literatura o historia latina, chicana, o estudios étnicos que facilitan el entendimiento de las dinámicas variadas de la experiencia hispana a través de la literatura.

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Over the years, I have conducted and recorded interviews with Hispanic authors in the United States. I have selected a few of these interviews in order to capture them on paper, so they can serve as an in-depth source for those interested in knowing more about the writers and their works through their own personal reflections which the novelists themselves provide in their own voice. Generally, their upbringings have been humble, but their love of education and their drive to improve them and to overcome their multiple difficulties, have turned them into nationally and internationally known authors recognized by the major publishing companies in the nation and lauded by the general public. Through the medium of the interview, we will discover not only their origins, but how they were able to overcome difficulties and challenges in their lives and succeed. We also discover the influences received which permitted them to write in various genres such as poetry, narrative, drama or film scripts which is the case of Rolando Díaz. Overall, the main objective of this bilingual book is to motivate young Latinos, Mexican-Americans and Chicanos to feel proud of their culture that the poverty in which they were born does not matter but that education is the key which changes people’s lives. The selected novelists are: Mario Bencastro, Aristeo Brito, Rolando J. Díaz, Graciela Limón, and Demetria Martínez. This book is bilingual. The interviews conducted in English with Hispanic writers are included in their original English...

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