Christ Versus Arizona

Christ Versus Arizona

Paperback Spanish Literature

By (author) Camilo Cela, Translated by Martin Sokolinksy

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  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Format: Paperback | 249 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 23mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Normal, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1564783413
  • ISBN 13: 9781564783417
  • Sales rank: 961,469

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Christ versus Arizona turns on the events in 1881 that surrounded the duel in the OK Corral, where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys. Set against the backdrop of an Arizona influenced by the Mexican Revolution and the westward expansion of the United States, the story is a bravura performance by the 1989 Nobel Prize-winning author. A monologue by the naive, unreliable, and uneducated Wendell L. Espana, the book weaves together hundreds of characters and a torrent of inter-connected anecdotes, some true, some fabricated. Wendell's story is a document of the vast array of ills that welcomed the dawning of the 20th Century, ills that continue to shape our world in the new millennium.

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Camilo Jose Cela y Trulock, 1st Marquis of Iria Flavia was a Spanish novelist, short story writer and essayist associated with the Generation of '36 movement.

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"Cela is a restless spirit. In him is united a marked fondness for experiment with a provocative attitude. At the same time he can be included in an old Spanish tradition of hilarious grotesqueness--which is often the other side of despair. Compassion for man's hopeless suffering is there, but tightly controlled." -- 1989 Nobel Prize for Literature Press Release