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Texas: The Great Theft


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First serial appearance in Words Without Borders Book launch and author appearance at Texas Book Festival in October 2014 Promotion through author's website:, and Twitter account (@carmenboullosa) Promotion on LibraryThing, Goodreads, Riffle, and other social reading websites Promotion on the publisher's website (, Twitter feed (@deepvellum), and Facebook page (/deepvellum) Promotion in the publisher's e-newsletter Promotion at the Texas Book Festival, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, the American Literary Translators Association Conference, and Book Expo America Review copies available upon request Print publicity targeting literary journals and newspaper book sections Promotion on LibraryThing, Goodreads, Riffle, and other social reading websites Second serial rights targeting the White Review; One Story, The Paris Review, Guernica, Tin House, McSweeney's, the New Yorker, and others Publicity targeting The New Inquiry, The Millions, Full-Stop, The Nervous Breakdown, HTMLGIANT, Three Percent, The Literary Saloon, the Quarterly Conversation, and more Print and digital advertising in select literary journals and magazines and on their websites, such as The American Reader, Granta, The Rumpus, The White Review, A Public Space, Little Star, The Coffin Factory, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Electric Literature, Music & Literature, and others

About the Author

Carmen Boullosa is one of Mexico's leading novelists, poets, and playwrights. She has published over a dozen novels, two of which were designated the Best Novel Published in Mexico by the prestigious magazine Reforma. Her second novel, Antes won the renowned Xavier Villarutia Prize for Best Mexican Novel. Her novel La otra mano de Lepanto was also selected as one of the Top 100 Novels Published in Spanish in the past 25 years. Boullosa has received numerous prizes and honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship. Also a poet and playwright, she is a Distinguished Lecturer at City College of New York, and her books have been translated into Italian, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese, and Russian. Samantha Schnee is the founding editor and chairman of the board of Words Without Borders. She has also been a senior editor with Zoetrope, and her translations have appeared in The Guardian, Granta, and The New York Times.


* Nominated for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award * Shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Translation Award * Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Pick 2016 * Winner of the 2014 Typographical Era Translation Award * Included as one of World Literature Today's 75 Notable Translations of 2014 * Selected for the World Literature Today Holiday Gift Guide * BBC Pick for Ten Books to Read in December (2014) "Utterly entertaining--a comic tour de force. I loved the book and think it deserves a very wide readership." -- Philip Lopate "A lucid translation from the Spanish by Samantha Schnee... [Boullosa's] tale, loosely based on the Mexican invasion of the US known as the 'Cortina troubles', evok[es] a history that couldn't be more relevant to today's immigration battles in the US." -- Jane Ciabattari, BBC "Boullosa's tour de force account of this bloody not a documentary. Rather, it is satire at its highest, presenting numerous grotesque biographies of the alien invaders, while also lightly reviewing the genres that have made Wild West literature part of the national identity and psyche... In all, Texas is a very entertaining, masterly written novel, with a professional translation by Samantha Schnee." -- Nicolas Kanellos, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas "Brutal, poetic, hilarious and humane...a masterly crafted tale." --Sjon "Boullosa is one of Mexico's most respected writers and, with a book as rich as this under her belt, it's not difficult to understand why. As the repercussions of a shoot-out reverberate on both sides of the Rio Bravo (or Rio Grande, depending upon the side you're on), we're introduced to a cast list so extensive it rivals Dickens and a novel of such depth and scope that I can't resist comparing it to Tolstoy's work." -- Gary Perry, assistant head of fiction, Foyle's Flagship, Charing Cross, London "Historical fiction at its very best, avoiding all semblance of caricature or appeals to stereotype. The classic Western." -- San Francisco Chronicle "What is both moving and also lucid about Boullosa's prose, though, is her ability to take one in and out of a scene fraught with disorder and violence, and place one back in the rich spirit of humility encountering sublime beauty." -- Matt Pincus, Bookslut "Many of the events in [Texas] seem as if they just happened yesterday... It's a story that shows the foundation of many border issues today." -- Mercedes Olivera, Dallas Morning News "Think Catch-22 on the Mexican border. Carmen Boullosa's Texas: The Great Theft is a surprisingly funny, intensely complex and occasionally shocking take on the revisionist Western. It's one of the most purely entertaining things I've read in awhile, while never losing a sense of erudite ambition and thought-provoking moral ambiguity. It's a book that grows on me every time I think about it." -- Justin Souther, bookseller, Malaprops Bookstore (Asheville, NC) "Carmen Boullosa's latest novel, Texas: The Great Theft, is evidence that our ideas about postmodern cowpoke tales have been woefully premature... What is outstanding in Boullosa's work is the deep sympathy expressed for every human encountered." -- Roberto Ontiveros, Dallas Morning News "Boullosa's Texas is like one giant game of telephone. Everybody seems crazy to everybody else... Boullosa's Texas gives us a very different fiction than those told by nationalists of any stripe... Security is theater because borders are fictions and because the empire has no clothes. But if political theater is ridiculous, Boullosa's borderlands comedy explores why it is getting harder to laugh at Donald Trump." -- Aaron Bady, Pacific Standard Magazine "Bizarre, comedic, fantastical, and unsettling -- kind of how history feels when you're forced to live through it." -- Caille Millner, The Millions "Powerful yet whimsical ... Boullosa's humorous, offbeat tale makes the case that -- no matter how small or marginalized, no matter where it exists in relation to some arbitrary geographical or racial border -- every perspective matters." -- David Eric Tomlinson, Writer's League of Texas "Boullosa's book is a wonderful romp ... delightful reading ... there are few completely good and moral characters in this book, making it a pretty realistic story despite the fanciful storytelling. The book patched up some holes in my understanding of Texas history." -- Nancy Jane Moore, Book View Cafe "Carmen Boullosa truly brings history and injustice to life in Texas: The Great Theft, weaving together borrowed moments from the volatile history of the Texas-Mexico border and a simple plot that is gracefully fed by the diverse characters living out the story." -- Bridey Heing, The Mantle

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