Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya Alfonso ( born October 30, 1937 in Pastura, New Mexico) is an American writer who often, that the literature of Mexican Americans is named as the father of Chicano literature.


After visiting the Albuquerque High School, he studied English at the University of New Mexico ( UNM ) and graduated first in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA English) and then in 1968 with a Master of Arts (MA English) from. He then accepted an appointment as professor of English at the University of New Mexico and taught there until his retirement.

His literary debut in 1972 with the Anaya youth novel Bless Me, Ultima (1972 ), the story of a Chicano boy in New Mexico in the 1940s. In the following years he published the novels Heart of Aztlan (1976 ), Tortuga (1979 ), The Silence of the Llano (1982) and The Legend of La Llorona (1984 ), before 1986 A Chicano in China ( 1986), a collection published essays.

According to the books The Anaya Reader (1995) and Rio Grande Fall ( 1996) he published with Shaman Winter ( 1998), Alburquerque (1999) and Zia Summer ( 2000), the start of a four -part cycle surrounding private investigator Sonny Baca, some more novels. His works have been translated into the German language, such as, for example, by Barbara Trotter.

Anaya was also active politically and was among the supporters of Democrat John Kerry in the presidential election in the United States in 2004.