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The Gringo Champion

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by Aura Xilonen
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The Gringo Champion by Aura Xilonen

WINNER OF THE MAURICIO ACHAR PRIZE FOR FICTION

Liborio has to leave Mexico, a land that has taught him little more than a keen instinct for survival. He crosses the Rio Bravo, like so many others, to reach "the promised land." And in a barrio like any other, in some gringo city, this illegal immigrant tells his story.

As Liborio narrates his memories we discover a childhood scarred by malnutrition and abandonment, an adolescence lived with a sense of having nothing to lose. In his new home, he finds a job at a bookstore. He falls in love with a woman so intensely that his fantasies of her verge on obsession. And, finally, he finds himself on a path that just might save him: he becomes a boxer.

Liborio's story is constructed in a dazzling language that reflects the particular culture of border towns and expresses both resistance and fascination.

This is a migrants' story of deracination, loneliness, fear, and finally, love told in a sparkling, innovative prose. It's Million Dollar Baby meets The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and a story of migration and hope that is as topical as it is timeless.


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Ebook Details
Pages: 288
Size: 1.1 MB
Publisher: Europa Editions
Date published:   2017
ISBN: 9781609453671 (DRM-EPUB)

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03/27/2017
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