Books That Inspire 2003

Bless Me, Ultima
Rudolfo Anaya

One of the important novels of the late twentieth century, Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima, along with Tomá Rivera’s And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (...y no se lo tragó la tierra), can be credited with initiating the Chicano Renaissance in literature. Moreover, few novels are as successful as Bless Me, Ultima in combining European and indigenous influences in such an effective narrative. For many of us, Bless Me, Ultima is a special book, the first book to establish a vision of the Chicano world and to define many of the terms for understanding the Mexican-American experience.
Robert Con Davis-Undiano
Honors College