- Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Américas Series
- The Man Who Could Fly and Other Stories
The Man Who Could Fly and Other Stories
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
218 Pages | 6 x 9
"I am continually thinking stories," writes Rudolfo Anaya. "Even when I am working on a novel, the images for stories keep coming."
Considered by many to be the founder of modern Chicano literature, Rudolfo Anaya, best known for Bless Me, Ultima and other novels, has also authored a number of remarkable short stories. Now for the first time, these stories, representing thirty years of Anaya’s writing, have been collected into a single volume. They constitute the best and most essential collection of Anaya’s short story work.
Unlike his novels, which range broadly over the American tapestry, Anaya’s short stories focus on character and ethical questions in a regional setting—from the harsh deserts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico to the lush tropical forests of Uxmal in the Yucatán. These tales demonstrate Anaya’s singular attitude toward fiction: that stories create myths to live and love by. "In the end the story has to speak for itself," Anaya writes. "Its purpose can be studied, but never fully known."
With The Man Who Could Fly and Other Stories, the reader ventures deeply into the world of Rudolfo Anaya, a world of magic, mystery, harsh realities, and redemption.
Rudolfo Anaya (1937–2020) was Professor of English at the University of New Mexico and the award-winning author of numerous books, including the classic Bless Me, Ultima. His work earned multiple awards and honors: the Western Writers of America Owen Wister Award (2018), the National Humanities Medal (2015), the National Medal of Arts (2001), the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement from the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes (2012), and others. He lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the Southwest inspired his writing throughout his life.
"Anaya—godfather and guru of Chicano Literature"—Tony Hillerman
“Rudolfo Anaya has done it again! His tales, whether set in Germany, the jungles of Mesoamerica, or a New Mexico pueblito, probe the spirit of place in ways that leave the reader wondering what spirits inhabit his or her own region, most especially the region of the heart.”—Demetria Martinez, author of Confessions of a Berliz-Tape Chicana