Rites and Witnesses
by Rolando Hinojosa
Publication Date: November, 1982
Bind: Trade Paperback
Rolando Hinojosa, winner of the National Award for Chicano Literature (Quinto Sol 1972), the International Award for Best Spanish American Novel (Casa de las Américas 1976), is considered to be the foremost Chicano novelist. A master of satire, humor and understatement, Hinojosa has nurtured his characters through generations in the history of his fictional Rio Grande Valley town, Klail City. In Rites and Witnesses, the drama unfolds among the wealthy power-brokers whose manipulation of banking, ranching, real estate and local politics shapes the lives of real and down-to-earth inhabitants, all deftly and sensitively sketched by Hinojosa.
“The stories are universal in the sense that they are about fools and heroes, about borders between cultures, between languages, between generations. But they are also unique documents of the languages spoken in one place, at one time.”—-The Texas Observer
ROLANDO HINOJOSA, the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award; the most prestigious prize in Latin American fiction, Casa de las Américas, for the best Spanish American novel in 1976; and the Premio Quinto Sol in 1974. His novels include The Valley / Estampas del Valle, Ask a Policeman, The Useless Servants, and Dear Rafe / Mi querido Rafa, all published by Arte Público Press.
Learn more by visiting his faculty page.