Saturday, July 4, 2020
The world lost author Rudolfo Anaya this week -- a "father of Chicano literature," as the NYT explains in its obituary.
Anaya was best known for his 1972 novel Bless Me, Ultima -- the tale of a young Catholic Latino in New Mexico and the curandera who comes to stay with his family. As the NYT describes it, "The novel reframed the way many in New Mexico viewed their own history, prioritizing the blending of mythologies, bloodlines and religious practices over simplistic attempts to characterize the culture in which Mr. Anaya was raised as Spanish." The book was banned by states and schools.
Anaya wrote many other works over his lifetime, including The Old Man's Love Story.