Entre letras y ladrillos

Miguel Méndez


In Spanish. Méndez takes us on a voyage that culminates on a remarkable day in 1986 when he exchanges his construction job for that of university professor. The first novel by this Chicano author with autobiographical details, Entre letras y ladrillos is interesting not only because it is another novel written in his unique style but because it permits us a glimpse into his real life.

About the Author

Miguel Méndez was born in Bisbee, Arizona, in 1930. His voracious reading since childhood and his early incursion into literary fiction helped to shape his writing skills. His first books were based on his experiences as an agricultural and construction worker from 1945 to 1970. Self-taught, he received a doctorate of humane letters honoris causa and is a full professor at the University of Arizona. As a writer he has been praised in Europe, Mexico, and the United States. Among his works are Los criaderos humanos (poetry, 1975), Cuentos para niños traviesos (1979), El Sueño de Santa María de las Piedras (novel, 1986), De la vida y del folclore de la frontera (1986), Que no mueran los sueños (short stories, 1991, winner of the José Fuentes Mares National Literature Prize in Mexico), Peregrinos de Aztlán (4th edition, 1991, Bilingual Press), and Los muertos también cuentan (novel, 1995).