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Book Salon
Signs Preceding the End of the World

  • This month we're reading Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera. Our faculty host is Jose David Saldivar.

    Listen to an interview with our Book Salon host.

    "I love Herrera's layered epic that probes the meaning of identity and homeland; A literary territory that is as resonant now in our globalized culture as it was when the sun never set on Old World empires!"

    Jose David Saldivar, Leon Sloss, Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature

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About this quarter's book selection

Yuri Herrera explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back.

Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA carrying a pair of secret messages – one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld.

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