Books That Inspire 2008

The Man Who Could Fly and Other Stories
Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya’s The Man Who Could Fly and Other Stories is the culmination of Anaya’s forty years of writing short stories. The remarkably powerful stories in this collection present a view of the Americas and of our lives as “Americans” that some will not recognize. It is a world with north/south boundaries (instead of east/west) that includes the ancient peoples of the New World and also the present-day Latino community. For Anaya, as these stories show, New Mexico is a kind of staging ground for his views about America, much as the south was a staging ground for Faulkner’s ideas about this country. Reminiscent of his literary masterpiece, Bless Me, Ultima (1972), also set in New Mexico, the stories in this collection present the voice of a Latino nation rising. For people serious in their thinking about America and the country it will become in the years ahead, Anaya’s short-story collection is a vital and visionary expression of American culture.

Robert Con Davis-Undiano
Honors College