The Farthest Home Is in an Empire of Fire: A Tejano Elegy

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  • Copyright: 2011-03-29
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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"Wonderful...a book that connects us to the global story of ourselves." -Sandra Cisneros In this beautifully written, highly original work, John Phillip Santos- the author of Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation-creates a virtuosic meditation on ancestry and origins. Weaving together a poetic mix of family remembrance, personal odyssey, conquest history, and magical realism, Santos recounts his quest to find the missing chronicle of his mother's family, who arrived in southern Texas in the 1620s. As Santos traces their roots to northern Spain, he re-imagines the way we think about identity. The result is a uniquely engaging adventure in the frontier between self and family, past and present, at a time when breakthroughs in genetics are changing our window on history.

Table of Contents

Map of Nuevo Santander, 1756p. iv
Uncle Lico's Vela Genealogy Diskp. xiii
Lopez Genealogy Diskp. iv
The Lopez-Vela Family, 1947p. xvii
Lopez-Vela Family Treep. xix
Las Entradasp. 1
A Book of Swoonsp. 26
Immaterial Ancestorsp. 55
El Canto de Cenote Sietep. 91
En Tierras Bárbarasp. 109
El Canto de Cenote Sietep. 136
El Real Archivo de Indiasp. 148
El Canto de Cenote Sietep. 165
Old Mexican City Twilightp. 176
El Canto de Cenote Sietep. 203
Churrigueresco Helixp. 211
Zonas Santasp. 235
Epilogue: Imperio de Fuegop. 265
Acknowledgmentsp. 277
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