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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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Chapter 4: Graciela Limón

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Biographical Notes Graciela Limón was born in Los Angeles, California in 1938 to parents of Mexican origin. Ever since she was a little girl she dreamed of being a novelist, but her parents insisted that her upbringing be based on becoming a good wife and homemaker. Nonetheless, she decided to enroll in the university. Eventually, she finished her studies and earned a Ph. D. in Ibero-American Literature and became the chair of the Department of Chicano Studies at Loyola Marymount University. She began to write essays, which were rejected because they were considered to be more creative than academic. In the eighties, her native city of Los Angeles, and more specifically, her Catholic parish of “La Placita” became a sanctuary for Salvadoran Civil War refugees. She came into contact with them and thought that until that time there had been nothing published about El Salvador’s Civil War. She thought it would be something necessary in those moments for the communities in the United States to know about. This is how she conducted research about the war and began to write her first novel, In Search of Bernabé. This first novel was published by Arte Público Press in 1993. This changed her life completely and, little by little, she became a great novelist. Her novel, In Search of Bernabé, was acclaimed in New York Times Review as a work that “leaves the reader with that special hunger that can be created only by a newly discovered writer. Limón's...

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