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  1. Signs Preceding the End of the World
    Signs Preceding the End of the World
    Signs Preceding the End of the World
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  2. Signs Preceding the End of the World

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    Price R349.00

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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This book's brevity does not in any way change its weight. You will want to read this one slowly. Makina is the reluctant cross-border traveler and heroine. She is tough but passive when need be. Really, she is Clint Eastwood encapsulated in the form of a young woman navigating a border crossing. The writing style is lyrical and there are elements of magic, but the use of the vernacular keeps the story current and relatable. I love the lack of quotation marks in the story. Someone smarter than me will have to explain how this moves the story/journey along, but to me it made the book read more like poetry. How deep will you plunge into this book? 114 pages later and I've adopted the term "verse" as used in the translation of the book, like you pick up particular words and phrases from a good friend. Ok, stop reading this review, and read the book!
Borders challenge. The hard ones are two sided, divided by walls, iron spikes, barbed wire, guard towers. Others are soft and shift, they meander in attitude at the river’s edge, easy to cross, when no one cares. Still many are not obviously one or the other, like the vague but definitive line that separates Mexico from its northern neighbor the USA.

Yuri Herrera’s nine brief chapters in “Signs Preceding the End of the World,” explores the US – Mexican border in magical, mythical and meaningful ways. Herrera’s protagonist Makina, stands as a female Orpheus, thrust into the underworld in both literal and figurative ways as she makes a crossing north in search of her lost brother. Her journey is aided by the host of characters one might expect to find in such journeys; boatmen, dealers, coyotes, thieves, border guards, “patriots,” and the ever present anonymous yet sympathetic peoples who have survived this contemporary... Read more
A tremendously inventive, unusual, and affecting view of Mexico-US border crossing in the broadest sense of that term -- and an adventure in mysterious realms that I couldn't put down -- and a heroine I won't forget. I read it first in the Spanish original, which translator Lisa Dillman does a highly impressive job of re-imagining in English. A great read.
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