Edited by Carmen Boullosa and Alberto Quintero
Major writers from Mexico weigh in on U.S. immigration policy, from harrowing migrant journeys to immigrant detention to the life beyond the wall. Despite the extensive coverage in the U.S. media of the southern border and Donald Trump's proposed wall, most English speakers have had little access to the multitude of perspectives from Mexico on the ongoing crisis. Celebrated novelist Carmen Boullosa (author of Texas and Before) and Alberto Quintero redress this imbalance with this collection of essays--translated into English for the first time--drawing on writing by journalists, novelists, and documentary-makers who are Mexican or based in Mexico. Contributors include the award-winning author Valeria Luiselli, whose Tell Me How It Ends is the go-to book on the child migrant crisis, and the novelist Yuri Herrera, author of the highly acclaimed Signs Preceding the End of the World.
Let's Talk About Your Wall uses Trump's wall as a starting point to discuss important questions, including the history of U.S.-Mexican relations, and questions of sovereignty, citizenship, and borders. An essential resource for anyone seeking to form a well-grounded opinion on one of the central issues of our day, Let's Talk About Your Wall provides a fierce and compelling counterpoint to the racist bigotry and irrational fear that consumes the debate over immigration, and a powerful symbol of opposition to exclusion and hate.
"A powerful and necessary collection for our current moment." --Ms.
"A welcome, necessary rejoinder to critics of border policy on this side of the line." --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author:
Carmen Boullosa is the author of eighteen novels, including The Book of Anna, translated by Samantha Schnee, two books of essays, seventeen collections of poetry, and ten plays. She has been visiting professor at Georgetown, Columbia, NYU, Blaise Pascal at Clermont Ferrand, a faculty member at City College CUNY, and is now at Macaulay Honors College. She lives in New York City and Mexico City.
Alberto Quintero is a PhD candidate at Stanford University and the editor-in-chief of Literalia, a digital publishing and translation platform for Mexican writers.