Devil in Texas, The/El diablo en Texas

Aristeo Brito


bilingual edition

Clásicos Chicanos/Chicano Classics #5

Winner of the 1990 Western States Book Award for Fiction

Using legends, folklore, and oral history, Aristeo Brito weaves the struggles of the oppressed and exploited agrarian community of Presidio, Texas, through three historical periods. Greed personified, the devil swings back and forth between Presidio and Ojinaga (across the border in Mexico) and savors the betrayals and violent deaths that choke Presidio's history. Through four generations the Uranga family confronts the devil with quiet heroism. Readers of Spanish will marvel at the unique mixture of Chicano Spanish, standard Spanish, and English - all used to reflect different realities and levels of awareness.

"Brito . . . is a writer of impressive range and possibility." -Western States Book Awards Jury

"A book of consuming character and muted passion." - Los Angeles Times

The Clásicos Chicanos/Chicano Classics series is intended to ensure the long-term accessiblity to deserving works of Chicano literature and culture that have become unavailable over the years or that are in imminent danger of becoming inaccessible. Each of the volumes includes an introduction contextualizing the work within Chicano literature and a bibliography of works by and about the author. The series is designed to be a vehicle that will help in the recuperation of Raza literary history and permit the continued experience and enjoyment of our literature by both present and future generations of readers.