Signs Preceding the End of the World

Signs Preceding the End of the World

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Baker & Taylor
"Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially whenthere's no going back. Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the US carrying a pair of secret messages--one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld"--Publisher's description.

Perseus Publishing
A streetwise heroine travels from Mexico to USA via the mythical and criminal underworlds in the search for her brother

Signs Preceding the End of the World is one of the most arresting novels to be published in Spanish in the last ten years. Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back.

Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA carrying a pair of secret messages – one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld.




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& Taylor

Smuggled into the US, Makina carries a messages from her mother and the Mexican underworld as she travels along the border area, searching for her brother.

Publisher: London ; New York : & Other Stories, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781908276421
Branch Call Number: Fiction Herrera
Characteristics: 114 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Dillman, Lisa

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A small novella that packs an emotional whop. The sparse writing focuses on the lives of those living on and traversing the border between Mexico and the United States.


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uncommonreader
Jun 17, 2017

A story of borders and migration, raised to the level of myth. The translator explains decisions made about the use of special terms but nevertheless, I found the use of words such as "versing" for leaving jarring.

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mclarjh
Jul 02, 2015

Powerful hard hitting story.

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