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Sex as a Political Condition: A Border Novel is a raucous, hilarious journey through political dangers that come in all shapes, cup sizes, and sexual identities, a trip into the wild, sometimes outrageous world of the Texas-Mexico border and all geographical and anatomical points south.
 
Honoré del Castillo runs the family curio shop in the backwater border town of Escandón, Texas, and fears dying in front of his TV like some six-pack José in his barrio. Encouraged by his friend Trotsky, he becomes politically active—smuggling refugees, airlifting guns to Mexican revolutionaries, negotiating with radical Chicana lesbians—but the naked truths he faces are more often naked than true and constantly threaten to unman him. When a convoy loaded with humanitarian aid bound for Nicaragua pulls into Escandón, his journey to becoming a true revolutionary hero begins, first on Escandón’s international bridge and then on the highways of Mexico. But not until both the convoy and Honoré’s mortality and manhood are threatened in Guatemala does he finally confront the complications of his love for his wife and daughter, his political principles, the stench of human fear, and ultimately what it means to be a principled man in a screwed-up world.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-x
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Part 1
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. 1. Sex As a Political Condition
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. 2. The Tin Men
  2. pp. 21-34
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  1. 3. Death of the Tin Men
  2. pp. 35-53
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  1. 4. Black Hole—Or the Horrors of Good Sex
  2. pp. 54-77
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  1. 5. Deconstructing Olive Oyl
  2. pp. 78-108
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  1. 6. The Governor and the Hog
  2. pp. 109-133
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  1. 7. Sex
  2. pp. 134-150
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  1. Part 2
  2. pp. 151-152
  1. 8. Nopal and a Glass of Water
  2. pp. 153-169
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  1. 9. A Nudist Colony
  2. pp. 170-188
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  1. 10. Idiots
  2. pp. 189-201
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  1. 11. Nothing Personal, Strictly Political
  2. pp. 202-218
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  1. 12. The Governor of Texas and Other Rednecks
  2. pp. 219-231
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  1. 13. La Rubia Superior
  2. pp. 232-246
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  1. Part 3
  2. pp. 247-248
  1. 14. King of the Mountain
  2. pp. 249-274
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  1. 15. Mexico City
  2. pp. 275-297
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  1. 16. Oaxaca, Zaragoza, and La Mesilla
  2. pp. 298-323
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  1. 17. Guatemala
  2. pp. 324-343
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  1. 18. El Caballero y El Cabrón
  2. pp. 344-364
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  1. Part 4
  2. pp. 365-366
  1. 19. Mexican Curios
  2. pp. 367-378
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  1. Glossary of Spanish/Spanglish Terms
  2. pp. 379-390
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 391-391
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780896729315
Related ISBN
9780896729308
MARC Record
OCLC
915321276
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2015-08-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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