- Expected Oct 27, 2020
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.
Novelist Boullosa (The Book of Anna) and Literalia editor-in-chief Quintero collect Mexican perspectives on President Trump's border wall, the history of U.S.-Mexico relations, and the nature of citizenship and sovereignty in this wide-ranging and eye-opening anthology. In "Snow and Borders," linguist Y snaya Elena Aguilar Gil examines how the creation of nation-states and borders "prevent free passage through the world" and "gave rise to the phenomenon of mass migration." Novelist Yuri Herrera (A Silent Fury) reflects on the "parallel worlds" of the English- and Spanish-speaking communities of New Orleans, where he lives, and the "silence and selective hearing" behind narratives of a Latin American invasion of the U.S., in "After the White Noise." Mexican diplomat Porfirio Mu oz Ledo discusses decisions that individuals and families make when deciding whether to emigrate, and an entry attributed to the National Human Rights Commission describes murals painted as part of a project engaging the topic of migration through the Mexican art tradition of muralismo. Well curated and richly detailed, these essays provide essential context for understanding how U.S. policy and social attitudes are perceived across the border. Readers will gain fresh insight into the immigration debate.