Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Aura Xilonen

The Gringo Champion

Aura Xilonen

The Gringo Champion

2017, pp. 320, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609453657
Translated by: Andrea Rosenberg
Region: Mexico
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 17.00
Read an excerpt Read an excerpt Read an excerpt

The book

WINNER OF THE MAURICIO ACHAR PRIZE FOR FICTION

Liborio has to leave Mexico, a land that has taught him little more than a keen instinct for survival. He crosses the Rio Bravo, like so many others, to reach "the promised land." And in a barrio like any other, in some gringo city, this illegal immigrant tells his story.

As Liborio narrates his memories we discover a childhood scarred by malnutrition and abandonment, an adolescence lived with a sense of having nothing to lose. In his new home, he finds a job at a bookstore. He falls in love with a woman so intensely that his fantasies of her verge on obsession. And, finally, he finds himself on a path that just might save him: he becomes a boxer.

Liborio's story is constructed in a dazzling language that reflects the particular culture of border towns and expresses both resistance and fascination.

This is a migrants' story of deracination, loneliness, fear, and finally, love told in a sparkling, innovative prose. It's Million Dollar Baby meets The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and a story of migration and hope that is as topical as it is timeless.

The author

Aura Xilonen
Aura Xilonen is a novelist and filmmaker. She won the 2015 Mauricio Achar Prize for her first novel, The Gringo Champion.

Press

More suggestions

  • Felicity Castagna

    No More Boats

    2019, pp. 250, $ 17.00
    A finalist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2018, No More Boats is not only a riveting story of a modern family it directly addresses...
  • Su Bristow

    Sealskin

    2019, pp. 240, $ 17.00
    Donald, a young fisherman, is overwhelmed when he comes across a group of beautiful women dancing on the shore beneath the moonlight. They are selkies...
  • Levan Berdzenishvili

    Sacred Darkness

    2019, pp. 256, $ 17.00
    Based on true events, a thrilling marriage of reportage and fiction, Sacred Darkness brings together the stories of a group of citizens from...
  • Fabio Bartolomei

    We Are Family

    2019, pp. 320, $ 18.00
    Al Santamaria is a child prodigy, maybe a genius. It is not out of the realm of possibility that he, alone, will save the human race. But first,...
  • Pascale Pujol

    Little Culinary Triumphs

    2018, pp. 224, $ 17.00
    Set in the storied Parisian quarter of Montmarte, this heartwarming, comic tale is a must for foodies, Francophiles, and lovers of a good story...
  • Sandrine Collette

    Nothing But Dust

    2018, pp. 304, $ 17.00
    By the time Rafael is born, the family farm has already gone to hell. Rafael’s father has abandoned them. His older brothers, the twins Mauro...

Join Our Newsletter and receive a FREE eBook!

Stay updated on Europa’s forthcoming releases, author tours and major news.

Are you a bookseller? Click here!

X